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How long does a child require anti-epilepsy drug?

Q: My daughter had tapeworm infestation in her brain at the age of 2 years 10 months. She fainted and her mouth became stiff and remained so for 12-15 minutes till she was hospitalised to regain consciousness. Prior to this incident occasionally she became hysterical, has had convulsions with anger. Treatment with albendazole and steroid (Decdan) has been done. Only Tegrital tablet is being continued. How long this medication is to be continued? Our doctor is asking us to continue it for 3 more years.

A:The general consensus is that if the child has not had a fit for 2 years, the medication should be gradually withdrawn over 3 - 6 months. It is also important for you to understand that in some cases of tapeworm infestation, calcification is left behind. This may or may not cause seizures later in life. In case seizures recur, anticonvulsants will have to be restarted.


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