My nephew had his first seizure at 6 months. The doctor put him on Tegratol (sp?). Then he had a few more seizures within a one-week span and the doctor changed his medication to Depakote, twice a day. My nephew then had a seizure that lasted approximately 40 minutes and the doctor upped his dosage to three times a day. On Easter, my nephew developed a rash and went to the hospital. The doctor said the rash was because of the Depakote and could be potentially fatal. Now they have my nephew on Phenobarbital. After all that, my question is, are there other meds he can take instead of this heavy narcotic? If not, what side effects should we be prepared for? And how will this affect his learning ability? He is not growing hardly at all and I wonder if the meds are affecting his mental as well as physical growth. Any information would be very helpful.