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Taking a Medication Vacation

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By definition, a medication vacation is when a patient stops taking a medication(s) for a period of time under supervision and direction of a Doctor.

On Friday, I had a follow up appointment with my Mayo Clinic Doctor. It was a long appointment that resulted in some major treatment changes, although I am a little apprehensive, I think they will be great in the long term.

Currently, I am taking high doses of 2 seizure medications, Lamictal and Keppra. I am also on a high dose of Verapamil. These are my preventative medications…they are supposed to keep me from having migraines. They are clearly not working.

Here is where my medication vacation begins. First, I will slowly come off of the Lamictal. We will be decreasing 25 mg every 5 days. After a brief break, I will begin decreasing the Keppra. The process of going off of these 2 medications will take 2-3 months.

My Doctor feels that this medication vacation may “reset” my brain and give us a clearer look at the big picture. I totally agree! I do realize that going off of these strong meds might lead to some bad days along the way… I also realize that after 2 years it is time to break the mold and start fresh.

My Doctor has also changed my rescue medication protocol and I will address that in my next post.

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