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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Valium (Definition)

Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, ...Read more


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Can alcohol intoxication (not withdrawal) cause convulsions and or seizures and lower the seizure threshold?

Can alcohol intoxication (not withdrawal) cause convulsions and or seizures and lower the seizure threshold?

Get this addressed: Agree with dr killian, as risk definitely present. Bigger issue by far is not provocation of convulsions, but rather why are seizures present, and what will be eventual outcome of alcohol abuse. You see, alcoholics do suffer head injuries, with post-traumatic szs. If you or a close relationship is the subject, contact alcoholics anonymous asap. ...Read more

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Are a tonic-clonic seizure and an epileptic seizure the same?

It is a type of sz: A tonic clonic seizure is a type of seizure when there are alternating movements of muscle stiffening and contraction on both sides. There are many other types of seizures besides this one, including partial seizure, absence seizure, myoclonic seizure, complex partial seizure, etc. ...Read more

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It necessary to take medicine for mini seizures and are mini seizures considered epilepsy?

It necessary to take medicine for mini seizures and are mini seizures considered epilepsy?

Generic answer: Not familiar with the term "mini seizure", but let's assume you imply a focal limited seizure which does not usually generalize. Yes, these should absolutely be treated, as there is always a risk of dysfunction which could lead to harm, generalization which could cause convulsion and injury, and lastly perhaps most critical, the phenomenon of sudden death in epilepsy. ...Read more

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How come of the seizure medicines; depakote, tegretol and klonopin (clonazepam) -why is klonopin (clonazepam) only known for withdrawls?

How come of the seizure medicines; depakote, tegretol and klonopin (clonazepam) -why is klonopin (clonazepam) only known for withdrawls?

See below;: It is important to note that discontinuing any of those medications abruptly puts a person with epilepsy at risk of increased seizure frequency. The same is only true for clonazepam in a person *without* epilepsy, and therein lies your answer: clonazepam works differently than the other two and is associated with withdrawal disorders, like alcohol and certain drugs. ...Read more

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Can Abilify (aripiprazole) and alcohol result in having seizures?

Can Abilify (aripiprazole) and alcohol result in having seizures?

Yes and no: Abilify (aripiprazole) can cause seizures (a rare, serious side effect). Alcohol withdrawal can cause seizures. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic. Typically, these two substances should not be taken with alcohol as they can lead to severe nervous system depression. If this is a problem, you should share this with your doctor and devise a plan. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

What is the difference between Epilepsy with Grand Mal Seizures on Awakening and Juveinile Myoclonic Epilepsy?

Different names for: These are different names for Seizures(doctors call it Epilepsy, if the condition is persistent). You should be checked by a neurologist, unless already done. ...Read more

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Could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Could a person with epilepsy experience both absence and convulsive seizures?

Complex partial sz: I think you may be referring to complex partial seizures and those that secondarily generalize. It is very common to have seizures that start in one area of the brain with loss of awareness followed by spreading to involve the whole brain. It is called complex partial epilepsy with secondary generalization. Hope that helps answer your question. ...Read more

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What medication can a person with petit mal epilepsy if they take Latuda (lurasidone) for their paranoid schizophrenia and autism?

Oooh, good question: The two most commonly prescribed meds for absence (petit mal) epilepsy are ethosuximide and valproate. Both interact with Latuda (lurasidone) by an additive effect of psychomotor retardation (dullness) and risk of depression. This can be managed by slow ramp-up of drugs, clear information of what to look for, and input from famiily/friends about overall function. With dose adjustments both may be managed. ...Read more

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Why keppra (levetiracetam) or valporic acid prescribed by doctor to a non epileptic myoclonus patient? Trembling of hands, migraine are side effects of valporic acid?

Why keppra (levetiracetam) or valporic acid prescribed by doctor to a non epileptic myoclonus patient? Trembling of hands, migraine are side effects of valporic acid?

Valproic acid: Causes tremors of the hands very frequently. It is uncommon for it to cause migraines; in fact, it it's widely used to prevent migraines ...Read more

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Can meditation cause a seizure in someone with epilepsy? Specifically partial complex seizures.

Can meditation cause a seizure in someone with epilepsy?  Specifically partial complex seizures.

Probably not: Doing a medline search for meditation agrravating seizures did not pull up any references in their traditional journals. I did find one reference to the possibility of inducing seizures in someone prone. It appears that this may represent a theorhetical risk at this juncture. "jaseja h. Epilepsy behav. 2010 jan;17(1):124-5." i hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to know the difference,aura migraine and aura seizure?Get no headache.Dizzy,blind,confused,hot,speech prob,heart palput.dad had grand mal seizure.

How to know the difference,aura migraine and aura seizure?Get no headache.Dizzy,blind,confused,hot,speech prob,heart palput.dad had grand mal seizure.

Hard to tell: The best way to tell would be either having an EEG while you have the symptoms, or having a headache or a seizure after the symptoms. But if these symptoms are isolated, and this is all the information we have, it cannot be definitely called a seizure or a migraine aura. ...Read more

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Cause of non epileptic seizure and treatment?

Multiple: The differential diagnosis for seizures is broad as well as the potential treatments. I suggest a neurology consultation. ...Read more

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Why are epileptic seizures usually harmless, but alcohol withdraw seizures can be fatal? Whats the difference? They are both seizures

Somewhat complicated: Briefly, alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. It oth benhances inhibitory tone and inhibits excitatory tone. Abrupt cessation results in overactivity of the CNS. Untreated alcohol withdrawal seizures can lead to delerium tremens defined by hallucinations, disorientation, tachycardia, hypertension, hyperthermia, agitation, and diaphoresis which can have fatal complications. ...Read more

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Autism and seizures - where can I find information on seizures and neurologists?

Autism and seizures - where can I find information on seizures and neurologists?

Y our doctor first: Best source is your primary care doctor and getting a referral to a neurologist. you can get information about local neurologists from the American Academy of Neurology web site. ...Read more

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I have absent and partial complex seizures, will an Mr show anything, will taking Keppra (levetiracetam) help with them? Is there huge side effects of Keppra (levetiracetam)?

I have absent and partial complex seizures, will an Mr show anything, will taking Keppra (levetiracetam) help with them? Is there huge side effects of Keppra (levetiracetam)?

Few pointers: Keppra (levetiracetam) is useful for partial complex seizures and could be a good adjunctive medication, but does have side effects including drowsiness, dizziness, emotional problems. Most people tolerate fairly well. An MRI might show presence of an underlying causative lesion, and might be beneficial to check presence or absence of medial temporal sclerosis. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more