Anti Seizure Medication Doesnt Show In Blood Work

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MoJo Says:

I stopped taking Topamax in July and subsequently starting dosing up with Lamictal. Two weeks ago I was at 150 mg and as of Friday, 8/24 at 175 mg. I had blood work done 8/24 and neurologist says my levels are too low and I'll lose my license. This happened with Topamax 2 years ago, Dr. asked why I wasn't taking it, I was! They asked me the same thing today, if I was taking my meds. Every day, same time. 75 mg in am; 100 mg in pm. Anyone have any ideas as to where its going?

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David Says:

That is an odd situation. Are you also taking any specific supplements or certain OTC medications with this prescription?

I've read a number of different posts on here from patients who say they take a pill and their body just doesn't absorb it. It simply passes through their digestive system into their stool. I'm wondering if this is the case here. If this is the case, you'd only be absorbing a small percentage of each pill you take.

If you're able to, I'd actually consider seeing a gastroenterologist, since they specialize in this sort of thing. It may not be that this is the case at all, but I think it's wise to cover all avenues of possibilities.

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Splits Says:

I read your problem about your blood work appearing not to show your correct med level. This has happened with my dilantin with me. I was in extreme heat before days before the lab was taken, but have no other clues because I too was acccused of not taking my meds. I had a seizure, and this is when the level showed low. I'm clueless, and feel feel like "LIER" is all my dr. thought. I never miss my meds because I know possible consequences. I have no idea what happened the same boat.

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