Although the adverse effects related to the ketogenic diet are generally less serve than those of anticonvulsant medications used to treat epilepsy, individuals following the diet may experience a number of undesirable effects.
Short-Term Side Effects
There are several short-term side effects that are most evident at the beginning of therapy, particularly when patients commence the diet with an initial fast.
Hypoglycemia is a common side effect in this instance, and noticeable signs may include:
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Confusion, anxiety and/or irritability
- Lightheadedness and shakiness
- Sweating and chills