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Cause of Vivid Dreams With Epilepsy

Posted by Carrie on May 28, 1999 at 14:08:17:

Requesting opinions, theories, explanations on the cause of vivid dreams with epilepsy.

I am a nurse with temporal lobe epilepsy, taking 1200 mg/day of Tegretol CR and 1600 mg/day of Neurontin. I have very vivid, realistic wild dreams and have found that other epileptics in my epilepsy support group also share this problem, which we do not find non-epileptics sharing these types of experiences. Some of these dreams are very disturbing to people in my group and have a hard time sleeping because of the fear of these dreams. At first, we thought it was related to the medications we take, "vivid dreams" being a adverse/side effect in some anticonvulsants. I suspect that it might also be from the origin point of our seizures in the brain. Do you have any explanations regarding this phenomenon, whether it is related to the medication or the epilepsy itself?

Thank you for your time.


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