ANTIEPILEPTIC DRUGS (ANTI-CONVULSANTS) Back

Medications

Dylantin, Tegretol, Trileptal, Depakote, Topamax, Keppra, Neurontin, Lyrica and others

Description

These drugs work by decreasing the firing of aberrant neurons in the brain and/or by decreasing the spread of abnormal activity to surrounding regions of the brain. There are various mechanisms of action of antiepileptic drugs.

Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcium
Symptoms of Depletion

Vitamin D

  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased immunity

Calcium

  • Muscle cramps
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Brittle and soft bones
  • Insomnia
  • Leg and back pain

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTATION:

Vitamin D
Additional Supplementation

Calcium

Dietary Supplements that have Potential for Interactions with Drug (or Drug Class)**

Use caution with the following supplements since they may interfere with the effectiveness of antiepileptic drugs.

Folic A
cid
Gingko Biloba
Niacin
St. John’s Wort

*Suggested supplements that may support overall health and are not at all intended to replace any prescription medications.

**These supplements listed may have the potential to interact with the drug or drug class. Use caution or avoid these supplements unless approved by your physician or preferred health care provider.