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Trileptal

Updated on June 17, 2014

Disclaimer

**Please note that I am NOT a trained professional, nor do I pretend to be one. I am, however, a parent with a child who has been diagnosed with Autism and who, subsequently, has other issues to deal with. Any information given in these articles is strictly informational in nature; therefore, should NOT be considered as a viable substitute for the expertise, knowledge, skill and/or judgment of a healthcare professional.**

Trileptal

Trileptal is an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer; also used for other anxiety and mood disorders as your primary care physician may see fit to prescribe it for.

It was first synthesized in 1965, and was approved for use within the United States in 2000.

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My family has some awesome family friends who have a son with a variety of issues. We have known these friends since 2010. They're oldest son is their child who takes Trileptal. He takes it in regards to a mood disorder (namely Bipolar Disorder). Later, in this article, I will relay an interview I had with his mother. She is an awesome woman; I love her like a sister. Their youngest son is really good friends with my son. Though we now live an hour (give or take) away, we are always in communication with one another.

Side Effects (Common and Serious)

Some common side effects (that may go away during treatment) include; but, are not limited to:

  • acid or sour stomach
  • acne
  • bloody nose
  • diarrhea
  • belching

Some serious side effects (that require immediate medical attention) include; but, are not limited to:

  • change in vision
  • clumsiness
  • dizziness
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • memory loss

For more information...

Source

One for All and All for One

**This is an interview concerning a mother whose son takes Trileptal. It's a mother's viewpoint on a child's issues, and how one family works with each other to make each member of the family feel their value and worth. This family is an awesome family with ups and downs, as is normal. To protect the child, all names are changed; but, please understand that the names are picked randomly, and not intended to be named as any particular person. For the purpose of this article, I am known as "Interviewer", the child's mother is known as "Pamela" and the child will be called "George".**

Interviewer: What diagnosis was given to George that he was prescribed Trileptal?

Pamela: George has a mood disorder, commonly known as Bipolar.

Interviewer: What is George's daily dosage for the Trileptal given him?

Pamela: He takes a total of 900 mg of Trileptal per day; 300 mg given during the morning hours and 600 mg during the evening hours.

Interviewer: For how many years has George been taking Trileptal, and what side effects has he experienced while being on this medication?

Pamela: George has been taking Trileptal now for six (6) years, and there have been no known side effects to be noted.

Interviewer: In addition to being Bipolar, does George suffer any other conditions or disorders?

Pamela: George's diagnoses include Bipolar, as stated earlier, along with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Asperger's Syndrome (which is on the Autism spectrum scale) and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).

Interviewer: How do these diagnoses affect George in the overall scheme of daily living, or in the infrastructure of the family?

Pamela: In the social arena, George has a hard time making, and keeping, friends, mostly due to the OCD. He has to have things in just the right order, and sometimes this causes conflicts with other children his age who don't understand his conditions. He has an aversion to noise, and, so, as a family, we have to take precautions as to what family functions we participate in within the community; loud noises can make him nervous and anxious. He can be, and is, a very picky eater, and because of the ADHD, he tends to be on a lower weight scale than other children his age; but, he is in general good health. As a family, we just all kind of go with the flow on a day to day basis. There are good days and there are bad days. But, we are a family, we work together as a family and we work together for the good of the family.

Interviewer: Has George ever participated in non-medicinal therapies for management of his conditions?

Pamela: George has been in Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech Therapy; but, has since been able to test out of continued therapy.

The Best Quote!

At the end of the interview with Pamela, she made a statement that holds great significance for their family as a whole. I wanted to end this interview with a bang; this statement shoots it out of the ball park...

"George is George, and that's what makes him so special to us!"

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