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Doctor insights on: Anticonvulsants Mechanism Of Action

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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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