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I am 65 diabetic and have absence seizures. The seizures are

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I am 65 diabetic and have absence seizures. The seizures are pretty will controlled with medication. But over the past year my balance has become worse and worse. I stagger, misstep, and often I'll fall. This has become very problematic, degrading, embarrassing, and dangerous. I don't know why my gate is so poor. I'm not overweight (5.9) 161 lb. What might the problem be and what can be done about it?
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: I take 3--10 units of Humalog insulin after each meal and 25 units of Lantus at bed time.1000 mg Metformin twice a day.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I am allergic to sulfa drugs. I also take: 40 mg Atorvastatin, 40 mg Omkeprazole, 100mg Vimpat twice daily, 10 mg Donepezil, Lamotrigne 200mg twice day, Sertraline daily, Amaantadine twice a day, Invokana once daily
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr Phil, here to assist you. I am Board Certified with over 10 years of experience. I will respond with my answer shortly. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.

It is most certainly the medication

I would suggest that probably the vimpat and lamotrigine are the cause

These drugs, if the doses are too high, can do this

I would recommend asking your doctor to check a lamotrigine and vimpat level

I bet the doses are too high

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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 11 months ago.
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