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Anticonvulsant (Overview)

Epileptic seizures, either generalized or focal. Numerous meds are available these days, and some work better with certain types, such as myoclonic or complex partial seizures. Often, in resistant cases, the meds can be used in combination.


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What is best anticonvulsant in ptn. With hepatic encephalopathy?

What is best anticonvulsant in ptn. With hepatic encephalopathy?

??PTN: I don't know what you mean by ptn. However, hepatic encephalopathy generally refers to the confusion that patients with cirrhosis develop. The sick liver is unable to clear toxins which then affect the brain. The patient will experience memory difficulties, difficulty with sleep, alterations in personality, and at its worse, it can cause coma. ...Read more

Anticonvulsant (Overview)

Epileptic seizures, either generalized or focal. Numerous meds are available these days, and some work better with certain types, such as myoclonic or complex partial seizures. Often, in resistant cases, the meds can be used in combination.


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What are the consequences of stopping an anticonvulsant?

What are the consequences of stopping an anticonvulsant?

Several: Except in a life threatening situation, you should not stop anticonvulsants abruptly. The most serious reason is that you could precipitate seizures. In addition, one can also develop other withdrawal symptoms: palpitations, anxiety, or shortness of breath. Always discuss the best way to come off drug with your physician. ...Read more

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Anticonvulsant (Tip)

What are some of the additional/alternative remedies that can enhance my anticonvulsant medication? ...See more

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Why are anticonvulsants used to treat migraine?

Why are anticonvulsants used to treat migraine?

Of course: The anticonvulsant medications such as carbamazepine and phenytoin have been used for many years for migraine prophylaxis. They have been recommended for those migraines associated with paroxysmal EEG patterns and for cluster headaches. Just a few more examples: Depakote, Gabapentin and Topamax (topiramate). ...Read more

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Is there any safe anticonvulsant I can use when pregnant?

Is there any safe anticonvulsant I can use when pregnant?

Depends: There are only few meds 100% safe in pregnancies. All others carry some risks. In the anticonvulsive therapy always the benefits should be weighted against the risk of neural tube defects. Discuss all these details with a maternal fetal medicine specialist. ...Read more

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What are side effects from the anticonvulsant depakote?

What are side effects from the anticonvulsant depakote?

Side effects: Both can cause nausea & headaches. Depakote side effects are tremors, inc. Weight, leg cramps, ataxia, swelling of face, hair loss, irregular menses in females, rash. Zoloft (sertraline) side effects are restlessness & diarrhea. ...Read more

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How long should anticonvulsant be taken?

How long should anticonvulsant be taken?

As long as necessary: Your neurologist with specialization in seizure disorders will determine the length of your anticonvulsant therapy depending on your particular type of seizures, their frequency and other comorbidities. Be sure to ask your doctor to switch you off valproic acid and take 1-5 mg of Folic Acid daily if planning to get pregnant. Do not drive unless your neurologists allows you to. ...Read more

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How long should anticonvulsant be taken?

As long as necessary: Your neurologist with specialization in seizure disorders will determine the length of your anticonvulsant therapy depending on your particular type of seizures, their frequency and other comorbidities. Be sure to ask your doctor to switch you off valproic acid and take 1-5 mg of Folic Acid daily if planning to get pregnant. Do not drive unless your neurologists allows you to. ...Read more

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Was ethanol historically used as an anticonvulsant?

Was ethanol historically used as an anticonvulsant?

Interesting.: It might work short term, but seizures would likely increase with hangover. Alcohol does work to stop labor, and seizures due to alcohol withdrawal would certainly respond, again, for a time. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of stopping an anticonvulsant?

Several: Except in a life threatening situation, you should not stop anticonvulsants abruptly. The most serious reason is that you could precipitate seizures. In addition, one can also develop other withdrawal symptoms: palpitations, anxiety, or shortness of breath. Always discuss the best way to come off drug with your physician. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: anticonvulsant?

What is the definition or description of: anticonvulsant?

Medicine to prevent : Epileptic seizures, either generalized or focal. Numerous meds are available these days, and some work better with certain types, such as myoclonic or complex partial seizures. Often, in resistant cases, the meds can be used in combination. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever come off anticonvulsant medication with no further episodes?

Has anyone ever come off anticonvulsant medication with no further episodes?

Anticonvulsants: Depends on what the anticonvulsant was used for, such as seizures or mood stabilizers or pain control, etc. , & how long. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does ethanol have anticonvulsant effects and can it hypothetically be used for that purpose?

Does ethanol have anticonvulsant effects and can it hypothetically be used for that purpose?

No: Ethanol and all alcohols are central nervous system depressants not medications. Using alcohol to excess will lead to impairment of brain functions and in more serious cases may even result in death. ...Read more

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What is the anticonvulsant mechanism of action?

Comments: Over 20 plus anticonvulsant medications with a host of varying mechanisms, some affecting Na/K channels, others affecting glutamate or GABA, one even having effect on zinc metabolism. Regardless of mechanism, all are effective, and usual choice based upon tolerance of a variety of adverse events. ...Read more

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Do auras always go away when on an anticonvulsant?

Do auras always go away when on an anticonvulsant?

We try: The concept of aura is that it is actually the beginning of a seizure. The seizure may start in a region of the brain that causes a sensation or illusion that is felt as an aura. As the seizure spreads it causes a full body convulsion. Medications can stop the spread, but the early beginning symptoms may not be fully suppressed. ...Read more

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Do auras go away when you're on an anticonvulsant?

Yes if you get contr: If anticonvulsants are ceffective in controlling the seizures the aura will be controlled as well. ...Read more

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Is there any safe anticonvulsant I can use when pregnant?

Depends: There are only few meds 100% safe in pregnancies. All others carry some risks. In the anticonvulsive therapy always the benefits should be weighted against the risk of neural tube defects. Discuss all these details with a maternal fetal medicine specialist. ...Read more

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What usually results from stopping an anticonvulsant like lamictal?

Do not stop meds plz: With all drugs used to treat epilepsy/convulsions, the major risk of abruptly stopping a medication (i.E "cold turkey") is that seizures may recur and get much worse as in a rebound. This is very serious and can be life-threatening. That is why these medications should only be reduced when the doctor says so and then, they are often reduced gradually over some time than stopped all of a sudden. ...Read more

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Is seroquel (quetiapine) an anticonvulsant?

Is seroquel (quetiapine) an anticonvulsant?

No -an antipsychotic: Seroquel, or quetiapine, is a second generation antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder. It has been shown to be helpful in treating bipolar depression as well. It is not an anticonvulsant. If anything, it has the risk of lowering the seizure threshhold and making someone slightly more susceptible to seizures. ...Read more

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What are side effects from the anticonvulsant depakote?

Side effects: Both can cause nausea & headaches. Depakote side effects are tremors, inc. Weight, leg cramps, ataxia, swelling of face, hair loss, irregular menses in females, rash. Zoloft (sertraline) side effects are restlessness & diarrhea. ...Read more