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My girlfriend Michele has epileptic tics often and seizures occasionally. Brought on by stress, lack of sleep, but more so by the use of Mucinex (guaifenesin) Extra Strength DM tabs - between 10 and 25 tabs-60mg?

My girlfriend Michele has epileptic tics often and seizures occasionally. Brought on by stress, lack of sleep, but more so by the use of Mucinex (guaifenesin) Extra Strength DM tabs - between 10 and 25 tabs-60mg?

Don't take: Obvious word to the wise - DON'T take dextromethorphan containing medications. DM is not a life-sustaining medication and you can certainly go through your entire life without ever "needing" to use it. There are plenty of other therapies for cough, and lots of evidence that dextromethorphan doesn't do that much anyway for cough. So easy - NEVER use it again - period. ...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


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My wife has had 13 seizures since last night, these are new onset, different answer each time we have been to the emergency room. Should we go back?

My wife has had 13 seizures since last night, these are new onset, different answer each time we have been to the emergency room.  Should we go back?

Neurological workup: What studies were done when you went to er the other times? Was your wife seen by a neurologist or neurosurgeon? With new onset seizures, she needs a complete neurological workup -- might not all be done in the er. If she's continuing to seize, she does need to return to the er. Ongoing seizures can be damaging to the brain, and need to be clearly diagnosed and treated. Avoid alcohol too. ...Read more

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Febrile seizures in an adult patient in the icu with a head injury and early onset pneumonia, make sense?

Febrile seizures in an adult patient in the icu with a head injury and early onset pneumonia, make sense?

Yes: I wouldn't call them febrile seizures.That is a label we use for kids who have unexplained seizures during a febrile illness. An adult with a head injury has a potential reason for seizures and any fever would likely bring it out. ...Read more

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What causes adult absent seizures? I didn't have seizures as a child. So why would I have them as a adult

What causes adult absent seizures? I didn't have seizures as a child. So why would I have them as a adult

Don't know: Exactly...Head trauma, alcohol, drug interaction, medication interactions, are examples of things that could trigger a condition. Neurotransmitter imbalance, perhaps nutrient imbalance. Sometimes we never find the exact cause. Hopefully you have had a thorough workup. Consider a chinese medicine practitioner as that can add a wonderful dimension of understanding and other treatment options. ...Read more

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What treats generalized seizures in adults?

What treats generalized seizures in adults?

Meds and diet: There are a handful of medications that work well for generalized seizures. These are generally started one at a time, but sometimes multiple meds are required to control seizures. There are also other therapies, including the ketogenic diet, which is a high fat, low carbohydrate and adequate protein diet. There are other dietary therapies such as the modified atkins diet. ...Read more

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What causes an adult to start having simple partial seizures?

Brain lesion: A focal brain lesion can provoke a series of focal seizures, "simple partial complex", and not unique to see jacksonian march of motor twitching if a growing lesion is present. Thus, causes include, tumor, stroke, abscess, localized infective parasite, blood vessel malformation, etc. ...Read more

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What do you do if you have unexplained seizures that randomly appear in an adult?

What do you do if you have unexplained seizures that randomly appear in an adult?

See below: Do a thorough history & neurologic work-up including medications, supplements, hx of head trauma, hx of high fevers, ct/mri to check for abnormal anatomy, eeg to analyze brain waves. ...Read more

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Can adults suffering from complex partial seizure lead a normal life?

Yes: Medications are available to control this condition. You should make sure to identify the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Guillermo Philipps
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Tics (Definition)

Tics are clinical findings that involve repetitive jerky motor movements of discrete muscle groups. Vocal tics result in the creation of sounds such as cough, grunting, ...Read more


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