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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. Amandeep Kaur
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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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I read that there are 2 different types of donnatal, (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) one with phenobarbital and one without? Is this accurate?

I read that there are 2 different types of donnatal, (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) one with phenobarbital and one without? Is this accurate?

Not really Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine): Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) is an anticholinergic and barbiturate combination to treat irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal ulcers. It works reducing intestinal muscle contraction. It contains hyoscyamine, atropine, scopolamine (all anticholinergics) and Phenobarbital (an anticonvulsant) It comes in tablets and elixir (containing only phenobarbital.) Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) is the brand name, but only if having Pb in it. ...Read more

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Is Dilantin still one of the best drugs to treat seizures?

Is Dilantin still one of the best drugs to treat seizures?

Dilantin: Dilantin is a good medication for seizures. There are newer medications that may have fewer side effects. However, if you have been taking dilantin for years and your seizures are controlled, I am of the opinion "if it a'int broke don't fix it." ...Read more

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I was prescribed 25mg of largactil for my fragmented sleep. Is largactil the same as chlorpromazine? If not, is it as dangerous and as obsolete?

I was prescribed 25mg of largactil for my fragmented sleep. Is largactil the same as chlorpromazine? If not, is it as dangerous and as obsolete?

Largactil= Chlorprom: I don't know what it is being prescribed for or what dose is being used. I can't think of many situations that would call for this medication. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of a 12000 mg aspirin overdose that was in my system for 2 1/2 hours before initial treatment?

What are the long term effects of a 12000 mg aspirin overdose that was in my system for 2 1/2 hours before initial treatment?

Why do you ask?: No lasting harm. You have my word this is true. I am so glad you failed to end your life. I also want to reassure you that there is more good in this world than bad, and that you can find something better than death anywhere. Try to understand how your mind played a trick on you, and how to avoid this in the future. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can more than one drug be used for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures?

Can more than one drug be used for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures?

Yes: Whereas in the past there were only a few drugs, now there are many that can be customized based on risk factors and even the type of seizures. Older medicines like Depakote and Dilantin are still used, and still work well, but new medications like Keppra (levetiracetam) are becoming the mainstay in treatment for many types of seizures. ...Read more

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What are the adverse effect of drugs used in the past for obesity?

What are the adverse effect of drugs used in the past for obesity?

Many: Lung artery high pressure is one of them walk walk walk fruit veg salad fish. ...Read more

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What is the raw form of lsd given to patients for migranes?

What is the raw form of lsd given to patients for migranes?

It is NOT LSD: Ergot alkaloids are related to LSD, but are not the same chemical. They are now rarely used, since the triptans came into use over 30 years ago, and even less so since medications to prevent migraine (beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, anticonvulsants) came into use about the same time. Methylsergide and ergonovine are still available and helpful in some cases, and are cousins of LSD. ...Read more

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What is the side effect if clingen tablet is used as oral and we are now planning for a baby?

What is the side effect if clingen tablet is used as oral and we are now planning for a baby?

Clingen: Clingen is not available in the US but online it states that it is a form of Clindamycin tablet that is supposed to be used vaginally. The medication is safe for use during pregnancy but it should be used as directed. Confirm the instructions with your doctor and follow them as directed. If instructed to use vaginally then they are not to be taken orally. ...Read more

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Why vincristine is one of the most used cancer drug?

Why vincristine is one of the most used cancer drug?

While it one of: The oldest anti-cancers, it has no marrow suppressive effecs. As a vinca alkaloid, it interferes with the mitotic spindle formation necessary for actively dividing cells. It is used in many pediatric tumors as a cornerstone drug. Leukemias and lymphomas. It does not work very well in most adult solid tumors. ...Read more

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Why can the effects of a single dose of aspirin drug last 7-10 days?

Why can the effects of a single dose of aspirin drug last 7-10 days?

Aspirin 7 days: It binds to a receptor on platelets and permanently makes the not work or get sticky. Thus these must die and be replaced by new ones. Takes about 7-10 days. Good wikipedia discussion. ...Read more

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I know all antipsychotics are bad for the elderly. Which one is the most effective for elderly agitation?

I know all antipsychotics are bad for the elderly. Which one is the most effective for elderly agitation?

No concensus: First find cause of agitation.Is the person in pain, has a rash, hypo or hyper=thyroid, uti, anemia, glucose ok? If all non-'psychiatric' causes have been r/o, then behavioral management, for sensory deprivation-check hearing, eye sight, social anxiety etc. If anxious or depressed treat that. If psychotic to the point of being a potential danger to themselves or others then use whatever works. ...Read more

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I know there is controversy regarding use of ssri/snri in bipolar 2 but if OCD is highly prevalent how can the use of one be avoided.Cbt is also used?

I know there is controversy regarding use of ssri/snri in bipolar 2 but if OCD is highly prevalent how can the use of one be avoided.Cbt is also used?

Yes, CBT for sure: Cbt is a very well-researched and useful part of treatment for ocd. Other-than-ssri medications may be used, and you may still be able to use ssri's. However, you need to work with a skilled psychiatrist who keeps up with the most recent psychopharmacological treatments. http://ocd.stanford.edu/treatment/pharma.html. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more