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Monday, April 6th 2009, 1:59am

Husband with epilepsy - Paul?

Hey everyone,

My husband and I both suffer from epilepsy.
I developed mine when i was 14 it was under control very quickly and ive been seizure free ever since. I use the medication Lamotrogine.
My DH developed his when he was 21, he had 3 seizures before his became under control also. He uses the medication Tegretol.

The reason for this post is i was surfing the net and came across an article that stated men taking Tegretol could have fertility problems. This has obviously concerned me, as we concieved last year i had never given it a thought and automatically thought the problem (if any) lay in my department.

The report also suggests that men on Tegretol can suffer from problems in the bedroom, this has never been an issue for us so i dont believe he is affected in that way.

I guess i'm just over thinking things with my af still has not making an appearence and it leads your mind to all sorts.

Do you know anything about this Paul?

Whats the best steps to take?

Thank You

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Monday, April 6th 2009, 8:56am

Hi Hun,

Hope you don't mind me jumping in!!!! :smile:

My situation is slightly different cause my husband had a vasectomy, a failed reversal and we needed surgical sperm removal.

My husband is also epileptic and has been on tegretol and epanutin since he was 16.

He has an 18 year old daughter, a 14 year old son, we m/c last year and now we have a little one on the way.

So from our experience the drugs have had no side effects at all.

But if you are worried speak to your gp or clinic and ask for a SA to be done.

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Monday, April 6th 2009, 2:59pm

Thanks Gemmab,

No of course i don't mind! Every opinion is welcome! :smile:

That is reassuring! I'm also taking reassurance that he is on a small does only 400mg per day and he is only on the one medication and he has only been taking it for 5 - 6 years.

Congratulations on the little one huni! I love this site for all the success stories!

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Monday, April 6th 2009, 10:51pm

RE: Husband with epilepsy - Paul?

Hi Mrs Til,

All anti-epileptic drugs can reduce libido and potency and fertility in some men, but these effects are very variable. If you feel that the first two are not a problem and the laboratory says that third is not a problem, than there isn't a problem. If his sperm picture is good or adequate then leave things as they are. Just don't let them change his medication with some discussion however.

With regard to yourself - Lamotrigine is not recommended in pregnancy and during breast feeding. You need to discuss and get reassurance about this before you get pregnant rather than after - as ideally it should be phased out slowly when the time comes.


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Tuesday, April 7th 2009, 12:38am

Hi Paul,

Thanks for replying. I understand what your saying about Lamotrogine is if i dont take it i will have seizures so i don't see what other option i have. Do you know of any??

Thanks again

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