Anticonvulsant medication

Anticonvulsant medication

A drug used to prevent convulsions or seizures; often prescribed in the treatment of epilepsy. Several anticonvulsant medications have been found effective in the treatment of bipolar disorder.
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An anticonvulsant medication called gabapentin (Neurotonin) can be an effective treatment for the pain associated with fibromyalgia, according to a study in the April 2007 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.
Epilepsy can be controlled or eliminated in approximately 75 percent of older patients through the use of anticonvulsant medication. There are a large number of available medications, but all have some side effects, such as dizziness or drowsiness, and some may have more serious side effects such as heart toxicity, bone loss or weight gain.
To determine whether and to what degree the guidelines affected CT utilization for children on anticonvulsant medication presenting with acute seizures, Dr.
Women taking a single anticonvulsant medication have about 2.5 times the risk of having this embryopathy as do epileptic women not taking anticonvulsants.
Also, if a child continues taking anticonvulsant medication, the ketogenic diet may make him more prone to a buildup of the medication in the body because the diet may change the way the body absorbs the medication, the way medication adheres to proteins in the body or the way the brain metabolizes the medication.
While the birth defect risks are a concern of taking any type of anticonvulsant medication during pregnancy, the risk of not taking the medications is often much greater.
Baren said that the results of this study, considered together with the findings of the landmark Rapid Anticonvulsant Medication Prior to Arrival Trial (RAMPART), which demonstrated that intramuscular midazolam was comparable in effectiveness to intravenous lorazepam for pediatric status epilepticus (N.
She was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder and failed to achieve remission of symptoms on two different antipsychotic medications (quetiapine and olanzapine) and anticonvulsant medication (sodium valproate) before starting lithium carbonate.
"In my clinical experience and based on limited evidence, anticonvulsants, especially divalproex sodium (Depakote), have a significant role in [treating] patients with substance use [disorders]." He asserts that the impact of anticonvulsant medication therapy is "probably much more significant in bipolar patients with substance use comorbidities," based on his belief that there are shared "pathophysiological mechanisms involving the GABA-ergic system."
Three-year-old Erin Clarke, from Leicester, had not smiled before as she was on so much anticonvulsant medication.
(14,20) In sum, we note that levetiracetam remains a very useful and highly effective anticonvulsant medication. Its behavioral side effects can be significant, however, and the development of obsessive symptoms may be one of those possible adverse effects.
The neurologist will set the stage by telling the patient that there is good news: It does not look like the patient has epilepsy and there will be no need for anticonvulsant medication. Rather, it looks like the patient's behavior may be related to stress.