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Why was phenobarbital used as one of the drugs for encephalitis?

Why was phenobarbital used as one of the drugs for encephalitis?

Sedation and seizure: Phenobarb was used as a way to comtrol seizure and sedate . Peaple with encephalitis many time are very agitated and may risk seizures there is not much use today but it was used in the past successfully. Our area dosen't see this use anymorelike we used to. ...Read more

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Dr. Tatiana Falcone
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Encephalitis (Definition)

The encephalon is considered to be the gray matter of the brain. This is where all the neuron cells are located. If an infection sets in to this region it is called an encephalitis. The -itis ending just means inflammation. It is usually virus infections that like to go specifically to the ...Read more


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What drugs are used to treat encephalitis?

What drugs are used to treat encephalitis?

Treat encephalitis: Treatment of encephalitis depends upon the cause and clinical progression. Usually, the treatment is supportive, as many cases are viral and there is not a specific cure. However, in hsv encephalitis, Acyclovir is used to treat the virus. In certain cases, hospitalization, nutritional support, fever control, antiseizure medication, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids may be needed. ...Read more

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What are common drugs currently used to treat encephalitis?

What are  common drugs currently used to treat encephalitis?

Treat encephalitis: Treatment of encephalitis depends upon the cause and clinical progression. For many cases, there is no definite cure. In certain cases, antiviral/antimicrobial medication or steroid medication may be used. ...Read more

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If you're allergic to a drug have a drug allergy can you outgrow it as you get older for instance i'm allergic to phenobarbital?

If you're allergic to a drug have a drug allergy can you outgrow it as you get older for instance i'm allergic to phenobarbital?

Maybe: There are some allergies that resolve as you grow older. For instance some people can get improvement in their response to certain medications as they get older, or further away from the initial exposure. This may be due to a calming of the inflammatory response as you age. However, if you were my patient i would not give you a medication that you were allergic to as the risk is too high. ...Read more

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What are the two steps for documenting chloral hydrate, Valium and phenobarbital control drugs?

What are the two steps for documenting chloral hydrate, Valium and phenobarbital control drugs?

More than 2 steps: Perhaps a pharmacist can chime in, but i believe that there are multiple governing bodies that require documentation of dispensation of controlled substance, including the dea, state-level agencies (e.g. Hawaii has a narcotics enforcement division), state pharmacy boards, etc. Pharmacies may also have their own internal requirements. I doubt this can be distilled down to "two steps.". ...Read more

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(i know its dangerous) but can puting someone into an alcohol induced coma stop a protracted siezure as with a drug induced coma such as phenobarbital?

(i know its dangerous) but can puting someone into an alcohol induced coma stop a protracted siezure as with a drug induced coma such as phenobarbital?

Absolutely NO!!: I hope this is not something you were thinking of trying on your own to someone you know who has a problem with seizures-- don't ever try to administer alcohol to someone who is having a true seizure--if someone is having a seizure, call 911 and let professionals treat them. ...Read more

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Why did they recall the drug donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine)?

Why did they recall the drug donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine)?

Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine): The brand medication is still available, don't know if the generic medication is still made. ...Read more

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Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma stop a seizure like a coma other sedative drugs such as phenobarbital or propofol?

Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma stop a seizure like a coma other sedative drugs such as phenobarbital or propofol?

Not reliably: If the seizure is for sure due to alcohol withdrawal, this may be possible -- but the amount needed may kill the person first. I'm sure you've heard of death from alcohol poisoning. There are many other possible causes for seizures, and alcohol-induced coma is not the way to treat those either. ...Read more

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Extreme paranoia, auditory hallucinations. Molested as child by step father, abandoned by blood father, daughter recently raped. Drugs: More Adderall than prescribed, cannibus, Phenobarbital. She wants help, what type of places should I look into?

Extreme paranoia, auditory hallucinations. Molested as child by step father, abandoned by blood father, daughter recently raped. Drugs: More Adderall than prescribed, cannibus, Phenobarbital. She wants help, what type of places should I look into?

Psychiatrist: it sounds like you are talking about someone other than yourself. Excessive stimulants, cannabis, or phenobarbital could be cause of paranoia and hallucinations. Childhood trauma could result in nightmares an/or flashbacks of traumatic events. Psychiatric consultation is definitely indicated. I would be happy to provide email or virtual consultation, but need to discuss with patient directly ...Read more

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