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Cocaine And Epilepsy
Maybe tough: First, make certain he follows his doctors advice and complies with medication. He should not drive if seizures are uncontrolled, and this would also restrict use of power equipment, activities at heights, swimming or taking a bath alone. Recreational drugs, especially cocaine, amphetamines, and even alcohol could be hazardous. Attend visits with him at his neurologist. ...Read more
AVOID IT TOTALLY: Tendency to experience seizure is always present and many events can drop protective threshold. Recreational drugs are notorious, as maybe also alcohol in some cases. Drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines, speed, are critically risky and life-threatening. Social drugs, whatever that implies, should be totally avoided unless you have a "death wish". Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seizures: There is no single cause for epilepsy; structural derangement, space occupying lesions, toxic and metabolic features, in born errors, traumatic brain injury and other may cause epilepsy. In a simple terms uncontrolled electrical discharges from brain cells may result in seizures and epilepsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Epilepsy can be associated with problems during pregnancy and subsequently during labor and delivery. Some head traumas are complicated by epilepsy. A variety of brain lesions can cause epilepsy, and some medications can provoke seizures. Alcohol and recreational drugs (cocaine, speed) can result in seizures. ...Read more
Just a few.: If indeed you are one of the lucky folks who have outgrown adolescent epilepsy, and now are fully seizure-free without need of medicine, unlikely you would have any profound risks. But some words of advice: do not use any recreational drugs, especially Cocaine and speed, avoid heavy consumption of alcohol, get infections treated rapidly, get regular sleep and rest periods, stay physically fit. ...Read more
Not typically: Virtually anyone's brain will seize if you do enough bad things to stress it, in research it is common to model epilepsy by placing certain irritating chemicals on the brain of mice. While the effect of marijuana on lowering one's seizure threshold (tendency of the brain to have seizures) isn't that clear, it is an illicit substance and may contain things like Cocaine or meth, that cause seizures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Epilepsy: is by definition recurrent unprovoked seizures. Recurrent provoked seizures are seen on occasion (for example the alcoholic who uses up his SSI monthly stipend who presents to the ER with alcohol withdrawal seizures on the 29th of the month) GTC seizures can occur for many reasons (taking too much Ultram, caffeine, cocaine, hypomagnesemia, hyponatremia, hypocalcemia, withdrawal from Benzodiazepine ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neurologist: It is preferable to see a neurologist, and try to find one that specializes in seizures and epilepsy. Make sure you have a full evaluation so that the diagnosis may be confirmed. If the diagnosis is correct, the neurologist can guide you to determine if the epilepsy needs to be treated, and with what. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Short circuits...: The answers to your post are too numerous for 400 characters; the underlying cause of epilepsy is basically a short circuit in one's brain. There are a variety of 'triggers' from fever, to stress, to medications, and so on. My advice is to consult with your doctor for more information on the topic; even a discussion with your friendly, neighborhood neurologist would be in order. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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