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If You Have Seizures, Your Medication Could Make You More Likely To Break Bones

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Feb 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

I have handled a large number of seizure and epilepsy cases over the years as a Social Security lawyer in Tucson. I have gotten pretty good at it and I thought I knew it all. But, a client called today to say that her seizure medication had so weakened her bones that she needs a shoulder replacement.

Seizure Meds Can Weaken Bones

It turns out that some anti-convulsant medications do, indeed, attack and make bones brittle. The older

Did Your Medicine Cause This?

anti-convulsants, such as phenytoin (Epanutin), phenobarbital, carbamazepine (Tegretal), primidone (Mysoline) and sodium valproate (Epilim) are particularly bad for bones. Interestingly, these drugs release a liver enzyme that destroys Vitamin D. As we all know, Vitamin D is critical for bone strength and health.

New Meds May Be Safer

Doctors are less clear about the effect of new anti-convulsants on human bones. These drugs include gabapentin, lamotrigine, topiramate, and levetiracetam (Keppra). These pharmaceuticals do not produce the Vitamin D killing enzyme, so in theory, they should be safer.

Epileptics More At Risk Of Broken Bones

Loss of bone strength is a notably bad development for people with seizures. This is because

Danger of Falling

epileptics often flail uncontrollably, hit things, and fall down.  Any of these activities may greatly increase the risk of fracture.

Talk To Your Doctor

If you are taking an anti-convulsant drug, talk to your doctor about your bone health. In any event, never discontinue any medication without speaking to a physician first.

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If you have seizures and would like to know more about getting Social Security disability in Tucson, please let me know. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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