Sodium valproate and other AED's
Epilepsy has an impact on the reproductive system. Males with epilepsy have lower fertility rates, hyposexuality and reduced potency compared with the general population. Anti-epileptic drugs and epilepsy itself are thought to be responsible for this.
Risks during pregnancy
It is well established that women who take antiepileptics during pregnancy have a higher risk of having a child with a birth defect than do women in the general population—this risk is estimated to be 2 to 3 times higher. This risk is further increased if a woman takes more than one antiepileptic medicine during pregnancy.
The use of sodium valproate is associated with a greater risk of some types of these malformations (in particular neural tube defects) than with some other antiepileptic drugs. This risk is clearly reflected in the product information provided for patients and prescribers.
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Pregnancy & Sodium Valproate.
Never Give Up.
You have to kick Epilepsy backside. Get writing to your MP's and get Epilepsy more focus and media attention It's the only way we will get once and for all Epilepsy into the mainstream. There's no place for complacency now..
Epilepsy as I reiterate so often is so much more than a Seizure. The drugs don't cure the seizures. They only suppress them. The general population need educated to the fact, that it's not contagious and you cannot catch it from someone.
Epilepsy Charities need to and should be promoting sustainable media awareness, as other Charities do with other serious health conditions.
It's just simply not good enough that this thousands of years old condition is still stigmatized and frowned upon in so many ways.
I would ask the Epilepsy Community to come out of 'hiding' don't be shy and start stating the factual data and information on how Epilepsy affects you!
Thank you. Julie xx