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Is It Possible To Have A Seizure While Intoxicated From Alcohol
Alcohol can lower seizure threshold for someone with existing seizure disorder, so yes.
Withdrawing from alcohol, not alcohol itself, causes seizures. To be in withdrawal, one must first be alcohol dependent, which means one uses alcohol continually and develops a tolerance. One is not prone to seizures until stopping- seizures usually start within 7-48 hours after the last drink. ...Read more
Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)
A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more
Yes: Alcohol intoxication lowers the threshold for seizures. ...Read more
Can alcohol intoxication (not withdrawal) cause convulsions and or seizures and lower the seizure threshold?
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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
Does alcohol intoxication raise the seizure threshold since its a sedative or no? Also can it prevent convulsions like other sedatives?
Does alcohol intoxication raise or lower the seizure threshold? Since it is a sedative like benzos, would it have anticonvulsant effects?
Is it possible to have a convulsion while while being intoxicated with alcohol? Or no because alcohol is an anticonvulsant?
YES: In general, persons with seizure disorders should not drink alcohol. Alcohol lowers the seizure threshold and may also interfere with any seizure medications you may be taking rendering them less effective. If yoiu have a seizure disorder, you should discuss this very carefully with your pcp and/or neurologist before drinking alcohhol. I would just not do it! ...Read more
A LOT: Generally seizures occur when people who are drinking a lot stop drinking. Rarely, people who have underlying seizure disorders will get a seizure from alcohol, but this is rare. Most people who get alcohol withdrawal seizures have been drinking more than a pint of 80 proof liquor, usually for months, and have already experienced morning shakes, or have started drinking in the morning. ...Read more
Alcohol: Excess sedation, confusion at high dose.Get a more detailed answer ›
Less effective: They become less effective and seizures can occur. ...Read more
Yes, some do: Depending on how heavily they have been drinking and for how long, seizures are a major symptom of alcohol withdrawal. In studies of people being treated for alcoholism, seizures occur in 3-5% of patients, while DT's are in 2-3%. However, in other series of people admitted for accidents while drinking, the prevalence of seizures can be as high as 25%. After 1st seizure, further ones more common ...Read more
Many ways!: Alcohol brings down the threshold of nerve cells and make them more likely to fire off (RUM FITS) Sudden withdrawal can cause a seizure and then there are situations when prolonged use is related to cerebral atrophy, certain vitamin deficiencies or vascular events that in turn can cause seizures ...Read more
Yes: Alcohol may lower seizure threshold. Withdrawal from alcohol after significant drinking may lead to a seizure. Alcohol may interact with anti seizure medications- nducing their elimination, or by causing more side effects. It is best to refrain from drinking alcohol to minimize the chance of having a seizure. ...Read more
How possible (percentage-wise) am I to have a seizure from this much alcohol every night for over 2 months?
Unclear question: You do not indicate how much alcohol you consume, but your question suggests you may have a huge problem. If you stop drinking suddenly, you could suffer a withdrawal seizure. So, contact your doctor ASAP, consider entering an AA program, and get this addressed now. Do NOT wait, potential for disaster can be very profound. ...Read more
Xanax/alcohol: Possible, depending on how much u used, your tolerance & whether u r susceptible (history or family history of seizures). ...Read more
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
What can I expect when a person is taken to the hospital when they have a drug/alcohol induced seizure?
Drug/alcohol related: ...Seizures are more likely to result in death than natural seizures. The brain is more likely to be starved for air even before the seizure starts, and stopped breathing is more common. ...Read more
Yes: Delirium tremens due to alcohol cessation may well start with a withdrawal seizure followed by frank delirium, hallucinations and tremors. Therefore, if alcohol abuse is to be terminated, one cannot stop abruptly, and must be slowly withdrawn, under medical supervision. Lastly, if a seizure does occur, it is against the law to drive a motor vehicle in the usa. ...Read more
Seizure from alcohol: Yes. Alcohol intoxication lowers seizure threshold.Get a more detailed answer ›
Question:why do people w/chronic alcohol abuse start havn seizures when they never have beforehand?
Withdrawal effect: Chronic alcohol use may cause a physiologic dependence, such that when it is abruptly stopped, one may experience a withdrawal syndrome. Alcohol has sedative effects. Stopping it leads to activation of the brain. A seizure is a severe form of activation. It can be prevented by properly treating the withdrawal with the appropriate medicines like benzodiazepines. ...Read more
How much alcohol could a person consume over a period of time that they would have seizures from cold turkey?
Hard to tell...: One would have to consume copious amounts of alcohol to achieve this; or one may actually have epilepsy and the alcohol is simply lowering the seizure threshhold; please get with your physician and explore this; you may even need to see a neurologist to undergo some diagnostic testing figure out what is going on. ...Read more
My cousin is an alcoholic he wants help but to scared of having dts and seizures. What medicine can help w the process of coming off alcohol?
Difficult situation: First i would recommend that your cousin see his/her dr about treatment for withdrawal symptoms and then discuss the options going forward. If it can be done as an inpatient at hospital that would be better otherwise will need close follow up. Usually medicine like Librium and others can help with symptoms but should be monitored. Then most importantly needs to be in aa or related program. ...Read more
I have a friend who drinks alcohol when he suffers from a seizure I tell him not to drink because of his seizures he won't accept my advice need help?
How reliable is the alcohol urine test? What could make me test positive when i haven't drank? Probation said i tested positive and i haven't drank anything. I'm going to jail for this, possibly prison. I had a seizure the morning i took test and it took
Get a lawyer: The test is full of pitfalls. There are attorneys who focus on finding flaws and convincing courts that results should be thrown out. Good luck. ...Read more
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