Is Epilepsy Inherited Or Brought About By Drug Use/Abuse?

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  1. DMF

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    Someone I know who smoked a lot of pot for years/decades and on/off on again/off again SSRI's has now a problem with periodic seizures. She looses memory but it comes back, with some other symptoms as well.
    There is no epilepsy in her family or any relatives ever.
    I want her to stop her current medicine for seizures as well as commit to stop with all the other crap she's doing to herself and get healthy - gelatin, healthy foods, lifestyle.
    All websites I've looked up talk about how drugs can provoke a seizure for I guess someone with an official diagnosis - but not clear about the origins - chicken/egg thing here...??
     
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    It can be both
     
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    So then it's symptoms - reguardless of causes/origins.
    O.K.
    Next question: Can medicines to control further seizures become addictive - if one is on them for awhile, are they hard to get off - like SSRI's or Benzos?
    (I don't know what they're precribed)
    Also, I meant to say that there is no epilepsy in HER family/relatives
     
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    The typical anticonvulsants like Valproate, Topamax, Tegretol, are not addictive in the same way as Benzodiazepines... But I’m sure there’s a higher chance of rebound seizures if you just stop.... They work on sodium channels, but indirectly increase GABA ...
     
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    Is say all inhibitory CNS drugs are to some extent habit forming

    Barbiturates > NMDA antagonists> Benzos > Gaba reuptake inhibitors > Gabapentinoids > Na+ blockers > Ca2+ blockers
     
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