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Anticonvulsant (Overview)

Anticonvulsant is a medication similar to Antiseizure medication. 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?

??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)

Anticonvulsant is a medication similar to Antiseizure medication. 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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Living with Seizures (Tip)

Living with Seizures

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