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Argo has been taking 60 mg of pheno and has been doing pretty well on it. He is experiencing very little ataxia, but really only one thing kind of worries me. His back legs will give out on him at random times, an example being if we're petting him and he's standing he'll start to tilt to the side and his back legs will fall. He'll catch himself but it still seems weird. Is this part of the ataxia or something more serious?

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Absolutely. Saint will sink lower and lower to the ground when he's going pee. He has learned to lean against the house or fence so that he doesn't fall from standing so long (he can pee between 4 & 5 minutes). Saint also loses control of his legs if he walks around sharp corners and such, he usually can catch himself so he doesn't fall though. It's just one of the side effects of the medication. I'd rather deal with this than seizures though.

 

The only time he doesn't show any weakness is when he's running and I think that's adrenalin kicking in and it gives him more strength in his legs.

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How long has he been at this dosage? If his seizures are well controlled, I would probably not think about decreasing the dosage if this is the main side effect he's experiencing. It's a pretty normal response.

 

 

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It's just a side effect of the phenobarbital, which is a narcotic. If he hasn't had a level drawn in a while, you might consider have one drawn just to make sure he's not getting too much phenobarbital, that will make the ataxia much worse. I have Saint's drawn every six months and he was pretty level there for about 4 years and this last time he was on the high end for his potassium bromide so we lowered his dosage. I've noticed he's not quite as bad as he was before but he's not graceful by any stretch of the imagination.:lol

Judy, mom to Darth Vader, Bandita, And Angel

Forever in our hearts, DeeYoGee, Dani, Emmy, Andy, Heart, Saint, Valentino, Arrow, Gee, Bebe, Jilly Bean, Bullitt, Pistol, Junior, Sammie, Joey, Gizmo, Do Bee

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He just started at the beginning of January. We first started seeing him fall on Saturday. We go back to have another blood panel done probably on January 25th to see how he's handling it.

 

I'm not so worried about it since it's a normal side effect. I was scared that he had a stroke.

 

 

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