Medical News Summary: 40% of UK epilepsy sufferers taking epilepsy drugs unnecessarily


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About: 40% of UK epilepsy sufferers taking epilepsy drugs unnecessarily
Date: 15November 2001
Source: BBC News UK Edition
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by BBC News UK Edition): Up to 40% of people in the UK receiving strong drug treatment for epilepsy have been wrongly diagnosed. Instead, they are suffering from a cardiovascular condition which causes their blood pressure to drop suddenly and thus the fainting spells. A woman was taking epilepsy drugs which caused birth defects in her children and then found out she had never had epilepsy.
URL: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/1657724.stm
Related Disease Topics: Cardiovascular conditions, Epilepsy, Low blood pressure
Related Symptom Topics: Low blood pressure, fainting

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