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melatonin and seizures
Has anyone had any luck with decreasing seizures with melatonin.....My 17 year old son has intractable epilepsy, and I just came across an article that this had reduced seizures...maybe worth a try?????  Anyone out there tried this????  Thanks for any input.
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I have. My brother (who has lived with me since he was 17) has been having problems daily for a month now with seizures, mostyl when he wakes up. He had been complaining of not sleeping, or not sleeping well. We went to the doctor, and they gave him a new med, but we were still seeing seizures daily. So as a last effort, I gave him 5mg of OTC melatonin, and he hasn't been showning signs of seizures  for a bit. So I say, try it.  Just be careful, they say it can increase seizure activity.
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I found this article about the subject.

http://www.asaccc.org/newslowmelatonin.html
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I have. My daughter has epilepsy and she doesn't sleep well at all. She is currently on Magnesium and Calcium and Melatonin and she is doing well. It has decreased her seizures. If she doesn't sleep well her seizures increase. I also found diet works as well. No sugar, wheat, dairy or gluten.
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I can only tell you from my experience but we all know everyone's body is different. I took it for quite awhile and always helped me. However, after getting pregnant in July I checked with my OB doctor and he said not to use it. Something about changes in sleep patterns can increase siezures and just wasn't a good idea if I could find a way to manage without it. I have been taking hot baths with Epsom salt at night and trying to exercise in the evenings. This has help a lot! Might check with your doctor first?
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I had to stop dairy when I was nursing my son, because he was allergic.  I haven't had a seizure since I gave it up!!  My brother practices Chinese medicine and encouraged me for years to take dairy and sugar out of my diet.  I didn't think I could do it, but I managed to for my son.  I am a true believer in diet effecting seizures.  It's an 'easy' thing to try--unless you love cheese, cream cheese, whipped cream, sour cream, butter, and yogurt as much as I do--then it's much easier said than done!!  Good luck, and be well.
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