Can a person taking medications such as Trilephal (or generic version) and Dylantin (Phenytoin) to control epileptic seizures develop a PARANOID condition? My wife, who suffers from epileptic seizures, daily beliefs that someone is coming into our home and dirties our house, her clothes, her car, and our outside yard. I keep telling her it is only up in her head because I am always at home and I never see anyone come into our house or yard to do such things. She has gotten to a point to where she doesn't even want to be close to people, even her own family members because she distrusts them.
What can I do to help my wife alleviate or eliminate this conditions?
Hello- Thank you for asking the question. I have over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families & am happy to reply.
I am sorry to hear about this issue: A recent study revealed that in a very small number of cases, Trileptal was reported to provoke paranoia in patients who had been taking the medication for varying periods of time:
This is a study of Paranoia among people who take Trileptal (oxcarbazepine). The study is created by eHealthMe based on 47 reports from FDA and user community.
On Nov, 9, 2011: 8,417 people reported to have side effects when taking Trileptal. Among them, 47 people (0.56%) have Paranoia.
* Approximation only. Some reports may hav
last sentence above says Some reports may have incomplete information.
The fact that the incidence is less than 1% suggests that something else may be going on here.
Paranoia can be the result of a variety of other age related mental health or neurological issues.
I would call your Neurologist as soon as possible to address this issue so that the appropriate interventions can transpire.
These medications are commonly prescribed together and there are no significant interactions that would rise to this level of behavioral change.
Should you have additional questions for me, please feel free to ask.
Otherwise, I wish you the best,
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