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What is the anticonvulsant mechanism of action?

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

Anticonvulsant (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is the mechanism of action for Trileptal? How does an anticonvulsant help stabilize mood in someone with bipolar I disorder?

Sodium channels: All of the anticonvulsants routinely used to treat bipolar disorder are blockers of voltage-gated sodium channels, affecting the brain's glutamate system. But the exact mechanism is not fully known yet. ...Read more

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What are positive coping mechanisms?

What are positive coping mechanisms?

Coping methods : There are many - good self care that includes proper sleep, activity and hobbies, and overall healthy eating. With regard to work, achieving a good work-life balance as far as time. Other self care tips include, having good social support, continued personal development and learning (ie, taking a class in something fun interesting). Consider looking up models of holistic wellness for more ideas. ...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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What are the mechanisms of down syndrome?

What are the mechanisms of down syndrome?

Several possible: The features of down syndrome seem to be dependent on the addition of one extra segment of a 21 chromosome.You can get there several ways. The traditional ds (~95%) has 3 copies of a 21 chromosome. About 4% have the specific extra 21 piece stuck on a regular chromosome.About 1% have a mosaic of some normal and some 21 trisomy in variable amounts. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism of memory formation?

What is the mechanism of memory formation?

Memory: Memory is dependent on the action of certain biologically active chemicals such as dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonine, etc. The nature of memory is not fully understood, though, just as the whole nature of human brain and the functions thereof. ...Read more

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What are psychological defense mechanisms?

Avoid Pain: They are unconscious ways of defending your ego or psyche from painful situations or revelations. ...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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Does the body have a defense mechanism against wounds?

Does the body have a defense mechanism against wounds?

An amazing system: As dr. Berg said, our body's defense mechanism against wounds is amazing. It is truly extraordinary and exceptionally effective. If we didn't have such an effective system, wounds would never heal and everyone would die from infection. ...Read more

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What are the common natural disasters coping mechanisms?

What are the common natural disasters coping mechanisms?

Depends: on what you are asking! In "general" when people are in natural disasters they are in shock. There is fear/anxiety, and grief. There are many ways people cope in response to disasters, and I would suggest going to FEMA.org for more info. People who have a disaster plan in advance will do better coping than those that do not, so like they say in the Boy Scouts, "Be prepared!" ...Read more

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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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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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What is the mechanism by which individuals contract herpes ?

What is the mechanism by which individuals contract herpes ?

Several ways!: Skin to mucous membrane contact, mucous membrane to mucous membrane contact are the most common ways to spread it to another. Visible lesions are not always present. Sores can be inside the mouth or vagina, and may be hidden. And if you acquire herpes, it is for life! if you have hepres, it is responsible to be on remittive therapy as not to spread disease! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: defense mechanism?

What is the definition or description of: defense mechanism?

See below: In freudian psychoanalytic theory, defence mechanisms (or defense mechanisms) are psychological strategies brought into play by the unconscious mind to manipulate, deny, or distort reality (through processes including, but not limited to, repression, identification, or rationalization), and to maintain a socially acceptable self-image or self-schema. ...Read more

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Describe the mechanism of injury (moi), for a burner and stinger injury

Describe the mechanism of injury (moi), for a burner and stinger injury

Plexus stretch: The brachial plexus gets stretched. Head & neck go 1 way and shoulder &arm go the opposite way . The nerves don't like it & let u kno about their unhappiness in a big way. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which people become allergic to insects and flies?

What is the mechanism by which people become allergic to insects and flies?

Insect allergy: This just happens and there is no good predictor for it, it is more common in people who already have environmental allergies. ...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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Can you tell me the breathing mechanism using flow rate equation and boyles law?

Can you tell me the breathing mechanism using flow rate equation and boyles law?

Vacuum to move air: As I am sure you are already aware, the flow rate equation refers to fluid principles which do not readily explain human breathing. Boyles law is used to describe the inverse relationship of gas and its volume at a particular temperature. Human breathing is driven by movements of the diaphragm that create negative pressure gradients to draw air into the lungs. ...Read more

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What are the three hemostatic mechanisms that normally occur in a healthy person?

What are the three hemostatic mechanisms that normally occur in a healthy person?

Some ideas...: Hemostasis has three mechanisms: 1) vasoconstriction, 2) a platelet plug, and 3) blood coagulation, or formation of a clot that seals the break until tissues are repaired. ...Read more