Allergies and epilepsy! Is it safe to take decongestants or prednisone?
Hello, and Welcome!
I have allergies too, and am on weekly allergy shots, nasal spray (Astepro 0.15%, 2 sprays in each nostril 2x/day) to keep the nasal swelling down. When I get bronchitis it often means predisone to help prevent pnumonia, which I've had 5 times, despite having the vaccine.
Astepro seems to bother my seizures and the CSF pressure in my head the least. Some, like Fluticasone Propionate, I had a rough time with - I think it increase both the CSF pressure in my head, and my seizures. For nasal swelling I try to just take a local med (spray) that doesn't enter my body as a whole much, so doesn't have as much of a chance to trigger seizures.
I had sinus surgery to make it easier for my nose to drain, which has helped. And it removed the bump on my nose and made it straighter again. Looks much better!
Predisone - it's not a drug anybody takes just to make them feel better. It is to avoid a health crisis or to help heal it. If it is to avoid a serious asthma attack, or heal a tough infection, I kind of think we have to go for it. Or we'll end up with something muh worse than a seizure, or that provokes seizures much more than the prednisone would have in the first place.
Do a cost-benefit analysis for yourself and see if you choice is clear. Mine kinda was.
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I don't have allergies myself, so no advice to offer I'm afraid, but I wanted to say hi and welcome you to CWE! I also had my first seizures when I was 34, so I can relate to that weirdness. One quick question -- have you been tested for sleep apnea? It sounds like both breathing and sleeping at night are hard for you. There is some connection between sleep apnea and seizures, although it's not entirely clear which comes first.
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