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My daughter was on carbamazine for 12 years she was still

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my daughter was on carbamazine for 12 years she was still having seizures every time she would try to sleep. a neurologist stopped the carbamazine and started her on 1000 mg. of keppra her seizures are lots harder and frequent . I was told to give her xanax to make her sleep should i be concerned because she seems to hold her breath all through the night and gasps for breath? i am scared with this behavior.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Susan Ivy replied 8 years ago.

Hello Runtpig,

Thank you for writing Justanswer with your concern.

Yes, this would be concerning. Especially if this is new for her to breathe this way since the change of medication. Either way it does sound possibly to be apnea. I would request sleep studies, so that this can be evaluated.

I would hold off on further sedation until this is evaluated.

I hope you are able to get this evaluated soon, to relieve your worries.

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