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Smelling Salts and Epilipsy

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:49
Hey, I'm new to this site. I am 18 years old and I have epilepsy. I was diagnosed when I was 9 years old and I was put on a medication called lamotrigine. I have not had a seizure for about 4-5 years now and I am not sure if I have grown out of it. My question is, do smelling salts effect this medication or my epilepsy in anyway. I would like to use them to stay awake for school-related reasons. I do not like coffee and everything else doesn't work. Any anwser would be appreciated! Thank you! :) - Mark

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Hi, Thank you for posting.

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2020-01-17 - 09:51
Hi, Thank you for posting. Congratulations on being seizure free for the past few years, that’s fantastic news and we wish you many more years of seizure freedom ahead! We cannot determine if smelling salts with impact epilepsy or your seizure medication. It’s best that you talk with your healthcare team to explore this further and if you experience any changes in seizure types/frequency, side effects, symptoms, moods and behaviors. We understand that balancing school and other activities can be challenging, but it’s important to make sure you're getting adequate rest. Sleep is essential for physical and mental health, as well as, quality of life and safety. https://www.epilepsy.com/living-epilepsy/healthy-living/sleep-and-wellnessYou may want to consider keeping a journal or diary. My Seizure Diary: https://www.epilepsy.com/living-epilepsy/epilepsy-foundation-my-seizure-diaryis a great tool for identifying & tracking seizures, setting reminders,managing medications & side effects, recording medical history, moods, behaviors, triggers,and other personal experiences, that may affect seizures and wellness, which can be shared with your healthcare team. Additionally, you may always contact our 24/7 Helpline, where trained information specialists are available to answer your questions, offer help, hope, support, guidance, and access to national and local resources. 1-800-332-1000, or [email protected]. epilepsy.com/helplineOr contact your local Epilepsy Foundation: https://www.epilepsy.com/affiliates , find support groups, events, and programs in your community.

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