Betty's seizures have been kept under control with 2 medications; Phenobarbital and Potassium Bromide. While we're very happy she hasn't had any seizure activity since she's been home with us, we're not so happy with the side affects she has to live with while taking these medications, particularly the Potassium Bromide (PB). One of the harshest affects of the PB is ataxia, which makes her clumsy and uncoordinated. For example, an average walk for Stella and Gunther is twice as hard for Betty. Her little toenails on her front paws are just about worn down to the quick just from walking. Another side affect is drowsiness. Besides the side affects, we have to watch the salt levels in everything Betty eats because salt directly competes with PB. She's very limited as to what food and treats she can eat.
Sorry Betty, bagel and cream cheese ain't part of your diet...
Fortunately, our vet has experience with seizure disorders and knows of alternative medications with less side affects. A week ago, we started Betty on a drug called Keppra that is supposed to have very minimal side affects compared to the PB. And most importantly it's not metabolized in the liver, so no liver damage from the drug, much like other anti-seizure medication.
So far so good on the Keppra. But tonight we start lowering her dose of PB from 250mg to 200mg. It doesn't seem like a lot, but I have to confess I'm a nervous nellie about her having a seizure. On one hand, if it ain't broke, why fix it? On the other I believe Betty deserves the best quality life we can give her.
Ear down mom, times for my nap.
Drink some of mom's coffee, Betty. You won't be tired anymore.
Tired? Who's tired? I'm not tired. Ohhh, what's that shiny thing over there?...
I know Betty will be fine, but maybe all our blogger buds could send me a kick in the arse to remind me to stop worrying! lol!