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Epilim Side Effects: Weight Gain, Precautions, and Dangers of Epilim

Updated on February 24, 2013

Epilim is used for adults and children who suffer from epilepsy. Epilepsy is characterized by bouts of seizures. These seizures occur when nerves in the brain misfire, causing a stiffening of the joints and extremities. Epililim's active ingredient is sodium valproate, which belongs to the medicinal family of anticonvulsants, which are medications that are designed to control these “misfires” between the brain's nerves. Epilim is typically combined with other non-addictive anticonsulvants, sometimes remedying epilepsy for the long term.

Epilim Side Effects: Precautions

Do not take epilim if you suffer from liver disease or if you have a family history of hepatitis or transcarbamylase defiency. Transcarbamylase defiency is characterized by the buildup of ammonia in the blood stream due to protein wastes in the body. The ammonia can deter the performance of sodium valproate.

Common epilim side effects include nausea, vomiting, and body cramps. Some epilim users might experience bouts of diarrhea and mild tremors. These side effects are typically mild and will go away as the body becomes acclimated to the epilim dosage.

Epilim Side Effects: Dangers of Epilim Use

Some of the more serious side effects of epilim include an increased number of seizures with more intensity. Those who are allergic to the medication will find that the epilim will actually increase the “misfires” between the brain's nerves and neurons, increasing the chance of seizures. Stop the use of the seizure medication if you experience these severe epilim side effects.

Epilim dosage typically include two daily tablets with a glass of water. Epilim also comes in a syrup form, and will usually require two to three tablespoons a day. Irregardless of these recommended dosages, follow the dosage recommended by your doctor to reap the benefits of the anticonsulvant.

Epilim Side Effects: Weight Gain

Weight gain has been connected to sodium volproate products. It is theorized that this active ingredient interferes with the body's ability to break down fats in the body, causing weight gain. Increased insulin output has also been noted, stimulating appetite in some people. If you are keen in keeping your weight in check, then administer a low-hypoglycemic diet during the duration of your epilim prescription. Low-hypoglycemic foods will counteract the body's inability to process insulin due to the epilim side effects.

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