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Medicine For Korsakoff Syndrome
Not much: Wernicke-korsakoff syndrome is a late complication of severe alcoholism caused by chronic thiamine deficiency. It is characterized by severe memory deficiency and difficulty speaking intelligently. "word salad" describes the random sentences they sometimes make. There is no definitive treatment although quitting alcohol is a must and taking thiamine supplements can help. See your doc for more. ...Read more
Brain damage: Wernicke's encephalopathy and korsakoff syndrome are different conditions that are both due to brain damage caused by a lack of vitamin b1 (thiamine). A lack of vitamin b1 is common in people with alcoholism. It is also common in persons whose bodies do not absorb food properly (malabsorption), such as sometimes occurs after obesity surgery. ...Read more
Amnesia: Korsakoff psychosis is associated with nutritiional deficiencies from lack of thiamine as "b" vitamin. Be sure to have proper nutrition and because of memory deficits your father needs supervision. Most patients who develope this condition are excessive alcohol drinkers or severely malnourished...See a dietician. ...Read more
No: In the acute phase, generous administration of thiamine is the key. Once the damage has been done, nothing will reverse it. I knew a korsakoff's victim who was very happy living in a protected environment and telling folks he was vice-president of a steel corporation; he still had friends and shared warmth. If someone you love is so affected, you have my sympathy. Be kind. ...Read more
Loss usually permane: Unlikely that they patient will improve but we may be able to prevent further decline.Thiamine usually does not improve loss of memory and intellect that occur with korsakoff psychosis. Stopping alcohol use can prevent additional loss of brain function and damage to nerves. Eating a well-balanced, nourishing diet can help, but it is not a substitute for stopping alcohol use. ...Read more
Pt. Dx'd with wernicke korsakoff syndrome, but has developed into late stage dementia. What would causes be and could dementia have been arrested?
Vit B1 deficiency: It is also known as thiamine deficiency which is related to nutritional issues. It cause to change the structure of the brain and thus affecting dementia. The most common cause is the chronic alcoholism. Other conditions include stomach cancer, prolonged starvation (such as prison of war, anorexia nervosa, aids and chronic psychiatric illness) and intestinal obstruction. ...Read more
No: Wernicke-korsakoff syndrome is caused by vitamin b1 thiamine deficiency. It is caused mostly by alcoholism. It can cause neurological problems like tremors. If left untreated it can lead to confusion ; coma. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. The cause is unknown but may have links to genes ; chronic inflammation. There are increased plaques ; tangles near dying brain cells. ...Read more
Not yet.: Stem cells are currently used in bone marrow transplants used to treat leukemia. But they may have the potential to treat diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and muscle damage. However, more work is needed. ...Read more
F/u q: the dementia is wernicke-korsakoff syndrome (alcohol induced). Dx'd mid-2010, now late stage, what is development rate? Life expectancy?
No telling: It's hard to predict what course it will take. It will depend on a lot of factors such as general health, whether he continues alcohol consumption or not and comorbidities. People usually don't die from dementia itself but rather from other complications such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections, fractures, heart issues to name a few. ...Read more
Not that I can find:
Pfeiffer syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by premature fusion of certain skull bones (craniosynostosis), and abnormally broad and medially deviated thumbs and great toes. Most affected individuals also have an abnormal midface, with protruding eyes and conductive hearing loss. See:http://children.Webmd. Com/pfeiffer-syndrome-type-i
best wishes. ...Read more
Do you mean your: Chronic motor &/or vocal tics have not responded to any medication prescribed by your neurologist or psychiatrist? Contact the Tourette Syndrome Association: tsa-usa. Org/aabout_tsa/aContactTSA. Htm. Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai & Weill Cornell SOM in NYC have TS centers of excellence. See http://www. Tsa-usa. Org/Medical/medical_main. Html for information on valid treatments vs. Chicanery. ...Read more
It's a complicated answer as the drug, person, what you mean by wtihdrawal all factor into it.
1-2 weeks is a pretty safe answer.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3984058/pdf/ndt-10-587.pdf
but this answers that completely with narcotics ...Read more
No: At present, no medications have been shown to treat any form of pervasive developmnental disorder (pdd)--increasing called autism spectrum disorders (asd). Some symptoms such as repetitive behaviors and obsessions may respond to medications, but we have no cure--or even good treatement--for the disorder itself, whether asperger's or autism ...Read more
Use your mind: Psychotherapy, with a trained pain psychologist is a great therapy for any chronic pain syndrome. It focuses on helping your mind cope and live with the pain, not just cover it up with pain medication. If you stick with it and give it a good try, you can improve your functioning greatly. ...Read more
Typically: There is no effective drug treatment for sick sinus syndrome and a pacemaker is often needed. ...Read more
SJS: Although it is possible, the risk of having sjs a second time with a second unrelated drug would be exceedingly rare. ...Read more
In brief: It has been described in association with a number of drugs which may be used alone or in combination clinically. ...Read more
Can you get steven-johnson syndrome from a drug you previously took, but had no reaction for when you first took it?
Yes: Development of allergy often requires an initial exposure to the allergen. ...Read more
My daugther diagnos of a rett syndrome case she is awake frm. 10am to 7pm, what medicine should I give her o sleep ar night. Thanks?
Homeopathy: I'd recommend: coffea cruda 9 c: 5 pellets at night, under the tongue, or diluted in few cc of water, it is sweet, safe, no side effect. You can find it online or in health vitamins store. Manufactured in the usa by boiron, fda approved, inexpensive and again safe. Good night! ...Read more
Can Steven-Johnson syndrome occur with a medicine you've been taking for a while like three years or with your first exposure to a medicine?
Both: It can occur either way and is totally unpredictable ...Read more
What if you had Steven Johnson syndrome from a medication that you need to take. Can you ever potentially take that medicine again in the future?
Unfortunately, No: You cannot have this medicine again in the future, your doctor will have to seek an alternative. If it were just a severe allergic reaction or even anaphylaxis, and no alternative available, desensitization can be tried by an allergist/immunologist, but in of case of history of SJS caused by the drug, desensitization won't work, the drug has to be avoided, good luck ...Read more
I have a 26 year old son with down's syndrome (primary) and pdd. Recently he's having intermittent explosive episodes. What medicine would help him?
IED: Generally, ied, intermittent explosive disorder, is a syndrome with several causes. Your son has a condition prone to ied. Meds that help include beta blockers, anticonvulsants/mood stabilizers/ and antipsychotics or benzodiazepines. They all are effective in the right patient. Work with his md to figure out particular triggers, that will guide drug selection. Low blood sugar may be an issue, too. ...Read more
Can steven johnson syndrome happen even if u only take a medicine once or does it require many times taking it? Does it go away when meds discontinued?
Yes: It can happen with a single exposure. The symptoms can be mild to severe. It will go away if the medicine is stopped but it may need treatment. ...Read more
Dhat syndrome: Seen in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal & China, this syndrome has it’s roots in Hindu traditional beliefs that 40 drops of blood is needed to make a drop of bone marrow & 40 drops of bone marrow is required to develop a drop of sperm. Semen; viewed as a vital fluid; is lost through ejaculation. There is also concern that semen passes w urine which appears white. Loss of semen can lead to feelings of > ...Read more