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A 21-year-old member asked:

Why was phenobarbital used as one of the drugs for encephalitis?

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Dr. David Hicks
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Sedation and seizure: Phenobarb was used as a way to comtrol seizure and sedate . Peaple with encephalitis many time are very agitated and may risk seizures there is not much use today but it was used in the past successfully. Our area dosen't see this use anymorelike we used to.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Uncertain: Phenobarbital has been used for seizures, for sedation, and to reduce brain swelling. In severe encephalitis a state of barbiturate coma may be necessary. It is rarely used now for prophylaxis against a risk for epilepsy.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What drugs are used to treat encephalitis?

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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatric Critical Care 24 years experience
Treat encephalitis: Treatment of encephalitis depends upon the cause and clinical progression. Usually, the treatment is supportive, as many cases are viral and there is not a specific cure. However, in hsv encephalitis, Acyclovir is used to treat the virus. In certain cases, hospitalization, nutritional support, fever control, antiseizure medication, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids may be needed.

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Last updated Jan 13, 2016

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