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so you have gen T/C seizures since when?
was it febrile seizures at the beginning, or do you have a diagnosis?
no history of meningitis or any known cause?
ok and how much phenobarb do you take?
yes, that is what they sound like
but it may be nocturnal myoclonus only, does it occur only at night?
well I would add some klonopin, but I would do so in the context of weaning you down on the phenobarbital, as that might be the real problem
so you have startle myoclonus
we have great names in neurology, don' t we?
have you ever tried klonopin?
who put you and keeps you on phenobarbital???
90 mg, what is your phenobarb level?
but you haven't had a GTC seizure in 10 years? why the changes?
well if you want my opinion, phenobarb is like stoneages, nobody uses phenobarb anymore,
did he start the phenobarb for the startle myoclonus?
well my approach in your situation would be an attempt to slowly, and I mean very slowly, wean you off the phenobarbital and start something like Mysoline as a replacement, and then probably change to klonopin later on, in an attempt to decrease your myoclonus without sedating you too much. Phenobarbital causes cognitive impairment, do you work?
yes, well you might ask you neurologist if you could have some 0.5 or 1.0 mg klonopin to take right before you go to bed , before the myoclonus starts
well that is my suggestion, you need to make some changes in your medications if you want my opinion, maybe find an epileptologist to treat you rather than a neurologist only, I don't prescribe phenobarb anymore, and I have been successful getting my patients off phenobarb, using drugs like Vimpat and Klonopin. you can function better
I would push your keppra up to 3000 mg/ day if necessary, and drop both your phenobarb, and eventually maybe your dilantin, keep you on keppra and vimpat or klonopin
big difference in these drugs, less cognitive impairment, less side effects, your myoclonus might be from being on the phenobarb for so long
the newer drugs are better than the old drugs.
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If you want literature about phenobarb I can find some for you