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Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


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I had a brain surgery last july and i used zyprexa (olanzapine) and tegretol daily until this january.I gained a lot of weight. Will i lose weight as im off meds?

I had a brain surgery last july and i used zyprexa (olanzapine) and tegretol daily until this january.I gained a lot of weight. Will i lose weight as im off meds?

You could: You could lose weight when off these medicines, especially if you increase your exercise and attend to a healthy food plan. Talk with your doctors about this; they'll likely have more personalized recommendations for you than we're able to provide without knowing you. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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In de novo epilepsy (age 67) MRI shows signs of slightly poor brain circulation. Is medication for circulation advised? The patient is now on TEGRETOL

In de novo epilepsy (age 67) MRI shows signs of slightly poor brain circulation. Is medication for circulation advised? The patient is now on TEGRETOL

Brain circulaton-sz: Why poor circulation ? ischemia (from clogged vessels)? hypoplastic vessels ( born with small vessels? carotids? Did MRI show stroke? Do they have a fib? was the seizure due to stroke/ TIA ( rare)? has the doctor discussed aspirin 81 mg or plavix (clopidogrel) or plental or fish oil ( blood thinners so may cause bleeding) ? f/u and discuss w/neurology http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11286042 ...Read more

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68 yr-old man, new-onset loss of left toes dorsiflexion, 51 years after Harvey Cushing's Osteoplastic Craniotomy for temporal lobe epilepsy.....?

68 yr-old man, new-onset loss of left toes dorsiflexion, 51 years after Harvey Cushing's Osteoplastic Craniotomy for temporal lobe epilepsy.....?

See ur NeuroSurgeon: New-onset loss of L foot dorsiflexion after craniotomy may be a complication of surgery, perhaps related to positioning. EMG/NCV (muscle & nerve testing) can localize site of nerve injury. Physical therapist can offer exercises to improve function as well as recommend ankle-foot orthotic to minimize risk of falling/tripping due to foot drop. Bottom line, chat w/your NeuroSurgeon then see FamilyDoc ...Read more

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How long would it take for a steady state concentration from 100mg of lamictal to 50 mg--keeping in mind i also take 600 mg of tegretol.

How long would it take for a steady state concentration from 100mg of lamictal to 50 mg--keeping in mind i also take 600 mg of tegretol.

Probably 2-3 days: Since the half-life of Lamictal is ordinarily about 33 hours (presuming normal kidney function) and the elimination half-life is decreased significantly by the presence of tegretol that speeds lamictal's metabolism, i think it should only take 2 to 3 days to reach steady state on 50 mg daily after having previously been on 100 mg daily. ...Read more

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Would 1 mg of ativan be about equal to 1 mg of klonopin (clonazepam)..Keeping in mind the klonopin (clonazepam) is lowered by 600mg of tegretol by about 30%?

Would 1 mg of ativan be about equal to 1 mg of klonopin (clonazepam)..Keeping in mind the klonopin (clonazepam) is lowered by 600mg of tegretol by about 30%?

Longer duration: Klonopin (clonazepam) has a much longer effect than Ativan although i feel the tranquilizing effects are comparable. However different people react in differing ways to these 2 tranquilizers. ...Read more

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Why can't i take pregnancy pills while taking tegretol?

Why can't i take pregnancy pills while taking tegretol?

You can: You can still take them, they just may not be as effective. The problem is that tegretol (carbamazepine) causes the hormones in birth control pills to be broken down by the body faster than normal, so you have lower levels of hormones in your blood to prevent pregnancy. If you do take bcps, you would probably need ones with higher amounts of hormones in them. Check with your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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I haven't gotten my cycle in 48 days. I'm not pregnant. I just stopped taking tegretol for almost two weeks. Will I get it soon?

I haven't gotten my cycle in 48 days. I'm not pregnant. I just stopped taking tegretol for almost two weeks. Will I get it soon?

Hard to say: You haven't mentioned if you are on other medications like birth control pills. But many things can cause menstrual irregularity and it's possible that stopping the tegretol through off your cycle. As long as you are not pregnant, be patient. However, we don't like women to go more than 3 months without a period so if it doesn't come within that time, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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