... to get to therapeutic levels in my body? And has anyone out there who has had a seizure (partial) found a drug, it worked, and is living a 'normal' life with no side effects??
Theoretically, after 5 doses you should have reached a steady blood level. In answer to your other question about living a normal life, I believe after you are seizure free for two years, you may begin to drive again. Not sure, depends on where you are. I have been on anti-seizure meds for my bipolar disease and I live a normal or as normal it can get for a crazy person. So, I'm not sure what normal is. Normal apparently means different things to different people. Philosophically, what is normal? Anyway, I hope I didn't confuse you as much as myself.
Twenty five year dilantin user who recently transitioned to trleptal. Transition took three weeks, 2 dilantins/1 trileptal, 1 dilantin/2 trileptal, 2 dilantins (one tuesday, one thursday) day for a week/3 trileptal every other day and 2 trileptal on dilantin days. I really liked how I felt and since I consider my doctor to be fantastic I felt as though my liver was benefitting from no longer taking dilantin, which was one of the reasons he wanted me to switch. Sadly, week 4 I suffered a breakthrough seizure while trying to get off the road and park my car to avoid a 65 mph seizure. Doctor claims the dosage of trileptal was not high enough (300 mg tabelet twice a day) I now take 450 mg twice a day and have been since the accident 3 weeks ago. Again, I really like the trleptal vs. dilantin but I can't emphasize enough to make sure your dosage is correct. Good luck!
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