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(i know its dangerous) but can puting someone into an alcohol induced coma stop a protracted siezure as with a drug induced coma such as phenobarbital?

(i know its dangerous) but can puting someone into an alcohol induced coma stop a protracted siezure as with a drug induced coma such as phenobarbital?

Absolutely NO!!: I hope this is not something you were thinking of trying on your own to someone you know who has a problem with seizures-- don't ever try to administer alcohol to someone who is having a true seizure--if someone is having a seizure, call 911 and let professionals treat them. ...Read more

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Coma (Definition)

Coma is a medical condition characterized by an non arousable state of unconsciousness. The brain activity seen in a comatose patient shows that being in a coma is not ...Read more


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Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma stop a seizure like a coma other sedative drugs such as phenobarbital or propofol?

Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma stop a seizure like a coma other sedative drugs such as phenobarbital or propofol?

Not reliably: If the seizure is for sure due to alcohol withdrawal, this may be possible -- but the amount needed may kill the person first. I'm sure you've heard of death from alcohol poisoning. There are many other possible causes for seizures, and alcohol-induced coma is not the way to treat those either. ...Read more

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Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma terminate a grand mal seizure just like an induced coma with propofol?

Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma terminate a grand mal seizure just like an induced coma with propofol?

Possibly: It may stop a seizure related to dt's caused by alcohol withdrawal in dependent individuals, hypothetically. It is a very poor choice to treat a seizure for which benzodiazepines or barbiturates are the drugs of choice. ...Read more

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Will doctors induce coma for stroke victim?

Usually not: There have been studies of barbiturate induced coma and hypothermia in many stroke patients. Outcomes have been mixed or disappointing, and still the best approach is acute t-pa, given in the emergency dept. ...Read more

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Since alcohol is a depressent and can cause coma, can it be used to put someone out for surgery? Or is it not strong enough?

Read on!: Alcohol was used in the past for sedation in some mostly minor surgeries but there are easier and safer ways of preparing the patients for surgery modern anesthesia is generally safe. ...Read more

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When someone goes into a coma after alcohol poisoning, what is the likelihood of surviving?

When someone goes into a coma after alcohol poisoning, what is the likelihood of surviving?

Depends: Like any coma from poisoning a great deal depends on the severity, dosage consumed, the length and depth of coma survival is possible if certain lines are not crossed and brain death has not occurred. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?

They are sedated: When someone is put on the ventilator, we usually keep him sedated, the level of sedation varies based on the underlying illness, but in most cases we keep it light so the person is able to open eyes and communicate, in certain cases, we need deep level of sedation and the patient would not be able to communicate. ...Read more

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