Can you take seizure medicine while pregnant?

Fact: You can. In fact, neurologists usually recommend continuing epilepsy medications throughout pregnancy. However, it comes down to the type of medication. You may need to adjust your dosage or switch to a new drug, but you probably won’t need to stop medication altogether.

Is it safe to take seizure medication while pregnant?

Medication you take during pregnancy can affect your baby. Birth defects — including cleft palate, neural tube defects, skeletal abnormalities, and congenital heart and urinary tract defects — are a few potential side effects associated with anti-seizure medications.

What epilepsy medications are not safe during pregnancy?

Valproate (sodium valproate, brand name Epilim)

Medicines containing valproate (sodium valproate and valproic acid) can seriously harm the unborn baby if taken during pregnancy. If 100 women take valproate medicines during their pregnancy, about 10 of the babies will be born with physical birth defects.

How do you treat seizures during pregnancy?

Of the new anti-seizure medications, lamotrigine and levetiracetam are the most widely used due to their known safety during pregnancy. Clearance of lamotrigine and levetiracetam doubles during pregnancy compared to before pregnancy.

Can seizure medication cause miscarriage?

Overall the data is reassuring. This large, registry based study suggests that women treated for epilepsy with antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy may not be at increased risk of spontaneous abortion.

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Is my fetus having a seizure?

Abnormal forceful, jerky, and periodic fetal movement can be associated with a fetal seizure. The seizures occur repeatedly, usually involving the whole fetal body, and at a frequency that varies from two movements/second in clonic convulsions to several times/minute in lightening convulsions (2, 3).

Can you have a baby with epilepsy?

Fortunately, most women with epilepsy give birth to normal, healthy babies. If you take precautions, your chance of having a healthy child is greater than 90%. There are increased risks. But working closely with your doctor can help minimize those risks.

Is epilepsy considered high risk pregnancy?

These generalized seizures (especially tonic-clonic ones) carry more risk to both mother and baby. These risks include trauma from falls or burns, increased risk of premature labor, miscarriages, and lowering of the fetal heart rate. Getting and keeping good seizure control during pregnancy is crucial.

Can epilepsy cause birth defects?

Women with epilepsy have a slightly higher chance of having a baby with a birth abnormality due to genetic conditions, injury during seizures and anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs).

Can pregnancy cause seizures?

Most seizures during pregnancy occur in women who already have epilepsy. During pregnancy most women will continue their previous level of seizure control, although 15-30% may experience an increase in seizures.

Can you take Vimpat while pregnant?

Lacosamide is listed in Pregnancy Category C. This means that caution is advised, but the benefits of the medicine may outweigh the potential risks.

Is lamotrigine safe in pregnancy?

Pregnancy registries have consistently demonstrated lamotrigine to be among the safest medications for a developing fetus, both in terms of fetal malformations and postpartum cognitive development.

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