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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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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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I was in a phenobarbital coma for 8 days last year 2011. I have several problems, pain in my lower extremities, fatigue, headaches. Can you help?

I was in a phenobarbital coma for 8 days last year 2011. I have several problems, pain in my lower extremities, fatigue, headaches. Can you help?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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76 male w/ heart attack on 4/3 in coma w/ a stroke. Today had babinski reflex. 1st & 2nd docs say pull plug or phenobarbital coma. Any other options?

76 male w/ heart attack on 4/3 in coma w/ a stroke. Today had babinski reflex. 1st & 2nd docs say pull plug or phenobarbital coma. Any other options?

The real: Question as hard as it is, is not what we who are here want, but what would the patient tell you he would want done for him if he could whisper in his ear? Would he want to be kept alive with no ability to come out of his situation? It's tough but if he would whisper yes then you have your answer. If no, then you know what to do. God bless you during this tough time. ...Read more

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I was in a medically induced coma for 2 to weeks. What could be the extense of the damage? I feel out of fucus and hyperactive.

I was in a medically induced coma for 2 to weeks. What could be the extense of the damage? I feel out of fucus and hyperactive.

It is more likely: That the reason you were placed in a coma is more detrimental than the coma itself. Without the full clinical history it is impossible to advise you. Discuss your concerns with your health care providers who have your full medical history. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to self induce a coma?

Can you explain if it's possible to self induce a coma?

Yes, you can: By taking overdose of medications, but otherwise, you can't in a normally healthy person. ...Read more

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Will doctors induce coma for stroke victim?

Usually not: There have been studies of barbiturate induced coma and hypothermia in many stroke patients. Outcomes have been mixed or disappointing, and still the best approach is acute t-pa, given in the emergency dept. ...Read more

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What level does your blood sugar have to be at to induce diabetic coma?

What level does your blood sugar have to be at to induce diabetic coma?

Highly Variable: Many factors involved with "diabetic coma". Dehydration, as well as overall health are important factors.
In the type ii person with diabetes, it is usually in the 1, 000 range; for the person with type I diabetes it is dependant more on the level of blood ph. The more acidotic the blood, the higher the likelihoodd of complications including coma. Hypoglemia may cause coma as well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just not able to talk?

Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just not able to talk?

Sedated: People on life support are normally either not awake or they are given medicine to remain calm- this reduces blood pressure and demand on the heart and lungs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?

Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?

They are sedated: When someone is put on the ventilator, we usually keep him sedated, the level of sedation varies based on the underlying illness, but in most cases we keep it light so the person is able to open eyes and communicate, in certain cases, we need deep level of sedation and the patient would not be able to communicate. ...Read more

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Can doctors induce coma to stop advanced cervical cancer?

Can doctors induce coma to stop advanced cervical cancer?

Unfortunately, no.: Inducing a coma would have no effect on the progression of cancer, regardless of its organ of origin. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure? What is asthma? Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.

What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure? What is asthma? Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.

A lot of information: acute renal failure when the kidney get insulted right now, and it has the potential to turn around, and becomes normal again.
end stage renal disease is when the kidney are no longer working, to the point it required dialysis, and there is no hope of turning around, beside dialysis, patient might need a kidney transplant.
not everybody on life support required induced coma, unless the problem in brain. ...Read more

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My mother went to the hospital to have fluid drained from her lungs is it comon for the drs to medically induce you in a coma?

Cases differ: It is unlikely that the only problem is just fluids on the lungs, there is more, and doctors deal with what they face at the time when they deal with a case. Your mother's condition warranted a specific measure according to the doctors' judgement at that moment, trust your doctors and their judgement they definitely want the best for your mother, wish you all the best ...Read more

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What to do if I had a horrific experience after my drug induced coma?

Seek counselling: We really need some more details to be helpful to you. See a local mental health professional. They can guide you more specifically after some other details. Best to you. ...Read more

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Do people in a medical induced coma have to be on a machine to circulate their blood?

Do people in a medical induced coma have to be on a machine to circulate their blood?

Circulatory pump: Mechanical circulatory devices are used for temporary support of certain patients w/ severe heart problems; some machines which pump and oxygenate the blood may be used for treating severe lung diseases as well. Patients whose hearts and lungs are ok but who are deeply sedated may be supported with a mechanical ventilator to move air in & out of the lungs but would not generally need a heart pump. ...Read more

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What is a stress induced coma? Can they breath on their own? What can you tell me about it

What is a stress induced coma? Can they breath on their own? What can you tell me about it

Not much: The concept of "stress-induced coma" has been studied in locusts -- but despite some bloggers commenting about themselves, I don't know of any human studies. Locusts can enter comas in response to stress. Neural and muscular systems shut down until the stress is removed. Could be an adaptive strategy to survive extreme environmental conditions. Not sure how that applies to these bloggers. :-). ...Read more

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I have had severe food comas and food-induced insomnia for months. These symptoms appear related to portion sizes rather than specific foods. Causes?

I have had severe food comas and food-induced insomnia for months. These symptoms appear related to portion sizes rather than specific foods. Causes?

Neuro-reflex: When the stomach becomes full there is a neurological reflex that tries to shut down the body in order to facilitate digestion. This causes a state of severe lethargy (coma?). However the body also stays alert to protect from danger - unable to sleep. You are expressing more of this reflex than normal. Get a thorough medical evaluation. Try frequent small meals with less carbohydrates. ...Read more

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Are 4 breaths per minute normal for someone in an induced coma?

No: Assuming the patient is on a respirator, breathing rate should be 10-12/min to start, then adjusted depending on the oxygen and carbon dioxide blood levels. ...Read more

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How does a medically induced coma help someone suffering phenomia? Been told they won't likely survive, is there any hope?

I'm sorry but...: I am unable to answer your question based upon your age. You could have another family member or parent repose the question for you if you'd like or talk with the doctor taking care of the person you are obviously concerned about. Best of luck to you and your friend/loved one. ...Read more

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Can medical induced coma cause seizures?

?????: Pharmacologically induced coma may be used to treat seizures, i.e. Uncontrolled seizures, i.e. Status epilepticus. The idea is that stopping all brain activity beyond what is metabolically essential to maintain neuronal viability will cause the culprit neurons to stop firing abnormally when the drug is stopped. ...Read more