What is a Seizure?

Normally, the brain discharges electrical energy in a controlled manner.  A seizure happens when the electrical system of the brain malfunctions and discharges a flood of electrical energy.  This may result in a surge of energy through the brain which may stimulate contractions of the muscles and unconsciousness.

Of course, there is a lot more to it than this, however, this is the basic of what is happening.  It is interesting to note that it is usually not know what specific event causes an individual to have a seizure.  It may include brain trauma, lack of oxygen, brain tumor, genetics, or a host of other situations, however, commonly, the cause is left unknown.

Medications used to treat and prevent seizures basically help restore chemical balance to the brain by inhibiting specific excitatory amino acids and stabilizing the neuronal membranes.  These medications are sometimes difficult to dose with patients because of the potential for significant side effects and increased number of interactions they have with other medications. 

To learn about any of the following seizure medications, please visit www.audiblerx.com and register to become a member.  For a small fee you will have full access to all of the Medication Specific Counseling SessionsTM for a full year.  These sessions include all of the information you would receive in a complete counseling session with your own pharmacist.
·                     Carbamazepine (Tegretol-tm)
·                     Clonazepam (Klonopin-tm)
·                     Diazepam (Valium-tm)
·                     Divalproex (Depakote-tm)
·                     Gabapentin (Neurontin-tm)
·                     Lamotrigine (Lamictal-tm)
·                     Levetiraetam (Keppra-tm)
·                     Phenytoin (Dilantin-tm)
·                     Tiagabine (Gabitril-tm)
·                     Topirmate (Topamax-tm)

For more information on seizures, please visit the Epilepsy Foundation website.


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