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Vigabatrin + Epilepsy

(4 Posts)
soverytiredofthis Sun 03-Feb-13 12:35:40

Thanks for this ladies, just got a letter from GOSH were the Dr said that we may need to take a pragmatic view of DD learning difficulties with regard to life.

She seems to support DD consultant but we are still not won over. DD was recently diagnosed with Microcephaly and they think this and seizures combined are poss genetic prob.

The problem is we just don't know whether DD will ever improve if they can control her seizures, so for us it feels like a gamble.

Being a parent and having to make a decision like this sucks sad

bigbluebus Sat 02-Feb-13 16:58:25

DD was on it many years ago along with 2 other anti convulsants at the same time. Like izzies DS, our DD has multiple disabilities and significantly impaired vision anyway, so it was hard to tell the effect it had on her. I remember the consultants making a big song and dance about the vision thing though, so it is obviously a high risk.
We also struggled weaning DD off it too as every time we reduced the dose she would have seizures. That can happen with reduction of any anti-convulsants though.

izzie123 Sat 02-Feb-13 14:57:31

Hi our son has been on it for 7 years. Because of his disabilities we don't know if his vision has been affected. For us it was an easy choice as he had infantile spasms and tuberous sclerosis and vigabatrin is the drug of choice for that and stopped the IS immediately. So a lot of it depends on your child's situation. Just make sure whoever is suggesting it knows the drug well. Hope things work out.

soverytiredofthis Sat 02-Feb-13 09:51:20

Hi everyone

Just wondered if anyone's child is on this drug? We are being pushed towards it but we know there is a 30% chance of loss of field vision.

Any comments much appreiciated

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