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A 47-year-old member asked:

is a link between whooping cough and epilepsy?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Yes: Rarely this viral infection can affect the brain (encephalitis) which in turn may cause a seizure.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Low oxygenation: whooping cough can cause respiratory distress and low brain oxygenation resulting in a seizure. It can also cause bleeding within the brain that can cause seozires/

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Is it normal for my baby to be choking, sneezing, gagging, and coughing regularly?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Normal babies occasionally sneeze and cough, uncommonly gag and rarely choke. If your baby is regularly doing any or all of these, you should arrange for an appointment with your pediatrician as soon as possible.
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What are the differences between a cough suppressant and an expectorant?

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Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Specializes in Pediatrics
Expectorants thin: Expectorants make mucus thinner and easier to cough up, and should be used with loose, productive coughs. Suppressants inhibit coughing and are best used with dry, non-productive coughs.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take cough medication in pregnancy?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: It is safest to take the medications with the least ingredients though. If a medication has multiple components, it's likely that at least 1 will cause problems with pregnancy.
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A 35-year-old female asked:

Typically how long does it take Depakote to reach full effectiveness in a new patient with non- epileptic seizures. How can you tell that the meds have reached the right level?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
75 hours average: The half-life of Depakote is about 15 hours that means after five half-lives have passed the drug has usually reached a steady state.Right around 75 hours the drug level should be stable. We can check the level of Depakote to know if the patient is in the therapeutic range. This drug is metabolized primarily by the liver so your doctor may want to check several levels to ensure it doesnt rise.
A 41-year-old member asked:

When a person had a seizure, does it mean he has epilepsy?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Not yet: A single seizure does not epilepsy make! a careful history and neurologic evaluation may determine that it was an incidental event. Recurrent seizures with specific findings on eeg, examination and MRI may lead to a diagnosis of epilepsy. Epilepsy is the clinical condition of a risk for seizures.

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