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Smoking Pot Cause Epilepsy
Not typically: Virtually anyone's brain will seize if you do enough bad things to stress it, in research it is common to model epilepsy by placing certain irritating chemicals on the brain of mice. While the effect of marijuana on lowering one's seizure threshold (tendency of the brain to have seizures) isn't that clear, it is an illicit substance and may contain things like Cocaine or meth, that cause seizures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more
Curious if dysautonomia can cause seizures? I have a seizure disorder (on meds) &recently diagnosed w/POTS, Doc said POTS was due to dysautonomia.
It depends: In general, dysautonomia and seizures could occur independently and this is the case in most patients. However, there is no simple answer to your question. Seizures can cause autonomic changes (depending on seizure type) and people could seize after a syncopal episode (syncope can be due to dysautonomia). You should meet with your physician to see if they think the 2 conditions are related. ...Read more
Yes and no: In a strict sense, no, ingestion of marijuana actually raises the seizure threshold. However, more concerning are indirect effects: epilepsy can coexist with depression, which may be worsened by marijuana. Smoking anything can worsen lung function. Marijuana may induce some liver enzymes, which may speed up elimination of some antiepileptic drugs. Use your judgment in this instance. Good luck! ...Read more
Are birth control pills for catamenial epilepsy contraindicated in case of family history of breast cancer and smoking? I am 41, have catamenial epilepsy, and it's been suggested that birth control pills could help. I tolerate aed's poorly, the side effec
No: Birth control pills aren't contraindicate due to your family history of breast cancer. If you are still smoking, they may be contraindicated depending on your age. Be sure to ask your doctor about this. There is a higher risk of blood clots and stroke while on birth control pills. Be sure you understand the risks. It sounds like you might really benefit from them! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Come again?: Not really sure what you mean. Please repost and explain what you mean by "vegetive state synptoms." I would also highly recommend that you type out your question in Microsoft Word and run your spell-checker on it before you copy and paste it into the HealthTap question box. Correctly spelling the words in your post might render them understandable and actually answerable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain injury: Post-traumatic epilepsy occurs if the brain is injured in a vulnerable area. The amount of force may be variable, as in repetitive head injuries from football or hockey or generic boxing. Many open head injuries can lead to epilepsy. So, this is not an issue of "how hard", but rather the where and consequence. ...Read more
Likely a cause: Some sporadic seizures elude explanation, but there is always some cause, just hard to find. Some medications can cause seizures, such as welbutrin or tramadol, but recreational drugs also (cocaine, amphetamines), alcohol, head injuries, occult viral meningitis (diagnosed as a migraine), congenital brain scars, maldevelopmental areas of brain. ...Read more
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