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Would the medicine risperidone block the effects of acetycholine in brain?

Would the medicine risperidone block the effects of acetycholine in brain?

Not likely: Risperidone is a dopamine and serotonin blocker, and doesn't directly affect acetylcholine transmission. Studies in animals and humans have shown risperidone may increase acetylcholine activity in the cerebral cortex through indirect actions, and this may account for some of its positive clinical effects e.g. on cognition in schizophrenia. ...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


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Are there symptoms of epilepsy in between the seizure attacks?

Are there symptoms of epilepsy in between the seizure attacks?

Usually not: For the typical idiopathic epilepsies (those not due to a stroke, tumor, or other brain lesion), there are no symptoms between seizures. That being said, the psychological and societal impact of having epilepsy (no driving, work limitations, etc.) are very large, and affect people even when their seizures are under relatively good control. ...Read more

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How do hypoglycemic seizures differ from epileptic seizures in adults in appearance?

How do hypoglycemic seizures differ from epileptic seizures in adults in appearance?

Seizures: There is no difference in the appearance of these seizures. Most are all Tonic/clonic type seizures. THe cause and treatments of the two types differs. Hope this helps ...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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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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Is monoclonal epilepsy, tonic clonic seizure, tonic seizure and clonic seizure are the same ( grand mal)?

No: Juvenile moloclonal epilepsy is a generalized epilepsy, which occurs in the age group from 12-16yo. Grand mal seizures are usually generalized type of seizures and has two phases. In the tonic phase, loss of conciousness occurs and muscle contraction causes the person to fall down. The clonic phase is the rhythmic contraction of muscles, alternating b/w flexion and relaxation. Thanks. ...Read more

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Does a seizure produced by sudden withdrawal of Dilantin prove epilepsy?

Why initial Rx?: I have to assume that you were put on Dilantin because of the concern for epilepsy. It would be appropriate to discuss this with your doctor. If you have bad effects from dilantin, there are many new medications that are as good and with much less side effects. It sounds that you need medication, but may benefit from a change. Discuss options with our doctor. ...Read more

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Do the types of seizures an epilepsy sufferer commonly change?

Yes: Not rare for seizure types to change over time. Medications may change the experience of seizures. Also age. ...Read more

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Might flaxseed oil aid in the control of electrical activity in the brain, thus helping to reduce seizures?

Might flaxseed oil aid in the control of electrical activity in the brain, thus helping to reduce seizures?

No: I do not this this is proven to work in any study that i know about. And since seizures can literally be fatal - i would ask your neurologist about this. ...Read more

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Mechanisms of action of keppra (levetiracetam)?

Mechanisms of action of keppra (levetiracetam)?

Not completely known: However, it is hypothesized that it binds to a pre-synaptic glycoprotein that inhibits calcium channels affecting conduction across the synapse. Hope this answers your question and best of luck! ...Read more

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Might the hyperexcitability of brain in epilepsy be related to the hyperactivity of people with asperger's?

Not related: The hyper excitability of epilepsy is disorganized and usually diffuse. In aspberger's syndrome the excitability is organized into thought and perception. ...Read more

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Does Ibuprofen triggers in form of epilepsy?

Does Ibuprofen triggers in form of epilepsy?

It should not: While it shouldn't trigger epileptic seizures, if you are very sensitive to seizures related to pain, you can have rebound headaches after ibuprofen use and this could signal something. The other issue that could be related is if you are dehydrated and causing any kidney irritation, in severely sensitive epileptics this could possibly cause some increase. ...Read more

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Can the bipolar medication help in the manic episodes but not in the depressive ones? Which is the course of action in this case?

Can the bipolar medication help in the manic episodes but not in the depressive ones? Which is the course of action in this case?

yes: Many of the traditional "mood stabilizers" are slightly better for preventing mania, (and some, for depressive episodes), but not usually effective for both. Lamotrigene seems to have a particular beneficial effect in depressive states of bipolar disorder; among other agents. Ask your dr if these are an option for you. Best luck. ...Read more

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What are the triggers of epileptic seizures?

Triggers for seizure: Here are a few, there are many more flashing lights, sleep deprivation, missing meals, hyperventilation, taking medications that can cause seizures as a side effect, infections of the nervous system, illness in general lower threshold for seizures in epileptics. ...Read more

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Is there a type of epileptic seizure like the tonic-clonic type but the person remains conscious?

Is there a type of epileptic seizure like the tonic-clonic type but the person remains conscious?

Not typically.: A "tonic-clonic" seizure consists of alternating stiffening and jerking movements in the arms and legs on both sides. If this is epileptic in origin, then the person will not be conscious or able to respond during the activity, as the seizure is disrupting activity in the entire brain. If the person remains conscious with this type of activity, it indicates something besides epilepsy as the cause. ...Read more

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Whether heomopathic treatment set right the imbalance of neurochemicals of serotonin and dopamine depression?

Whether heomopathic treatment set right the imbalance of neurochemicals of serotonin and dopamine depression?

No studies: There are no studies that i know of which document serotonin or Dopamine levels during homeopathic treatment. The 2 paradigms of health and illness are very different. Other issue is that no one has proven that neurochemical imbalance directly causes depression, either. It would be an interesting study, but you'd need many well trained homeopaths, & patients willing to have lp's with treatment. ...Read more

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Are tonic clonic seizures only a symptom of epilepsy?

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 more

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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


Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Epilepsy (Definition)

Seizures are sudden involuntary abnormal electrical events in the brain as a result of genetic predisposition or acquired disease processes when they recur epilepsy is the term ...Read more