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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. Scott Keith
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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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I read that there are 2 different types of donnatal, one with phenobarbital and one without? Is this accurate?

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

Not really Donnatal: Donnatal 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 is the brand name, but only if having Pb in it. ...Read more

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One of my friend got infected with japanese encephalitis and she is semiconscious for last seven days. What to do? She is not gaining consciousness.

One of my friend got infected with japanese encephalitis and she is semiconscious for last seven days. What to do?
She is not gaining consciousness.

Depends: I am assuming of course that your friend is in intensive care at hospital. It may take awhile. Please discuss with doctors caring for your friend as they may be able to update you more. But give it time especially if progress day to day being made. Supportive care is all that can be done in your friend's case. I hope your friend recovers soon hang in there ok. ...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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(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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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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If one had a light course of encephalitis before, is the vaccine against it still needed? Or the organism develops antibodies?

If one had a light course of encephalitis before, is the vaccine against it still needed? Or the organism develops antibodies?

More than one cause: Encephalitis means inflammation of the brain. There are many viruses, bacteria and other organisms that can cause it. If you recover from a mild case of viral encephalitis you are likely immune to that virus but not to a multitude of other viruses. Even with a seemingly single virus, e.g. Dengue, there may be multiple strains and infection with one may not protect against others. ...Read more

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Dr. Tatiana Falcone
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Inflammation Of The Brain (Definition)

Encephalitis is irritation and swelling (inflammation) of the brain, most ...Read more