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Compounded Anti-Convulsant Medications Can Help Patients Suffering from Seizures

Seizures are a result of a sudden onset of excessive activity occurring in the brain. They are most commonly associated with epilepsy, but may take place in non-epileptic patients as well under certain conditions.

Symptoms and Causes

There are many different types of seizures. They may last anywhere from 5 seconds to 5 minutes.

The most famous symptom of a seizure is a jerking motion in the body of the patient that starts in one set of muscles and then spreads to surrounding muscles. The patient is unable to control these movements, and may even suffer a loss of awareness or consciousness during these movements. Alternatively, the patient may experience a loss of ability to move certain areas of his or her body.

Seizures are often preceded by an aura, a term for sensory phenomena that aren't really there. Examples may be seeing odd lights, smelling odors, tasting something, or even strange thoughts.

People with diagnosed epilepsy only account for a quarter of seizures. The others are generally caused by injury of various kinds to the body. This includes physical injury like sudden trauma, tumors, stroke or brain lesions; metabolic injury such as dehydration, low blood sugar or oxygen levels, or high body temperature; and infections, whether viral, bacterial or parasitic.

Treatment

During a seizure, it is important to prevent the patient from harming themselves by removing dangerous objects from the vicinity. Once the seizure has stopped, the patient may still be disoriented, so they should be placed in a sideways position with their mouth pointed downward so as to let any fluid drain. Various anti-convulsants may also be used to cause a seizure to end.

Another good way to deal with seizures is prevention. There are many medications that can be used to reduce the chances of a seizure occurring. They are typically prescribed once it has been shown that the patient is a repeat victim of seizures.

Medications to Treat Seizures

For the treatment of seizures in children and adults, we offer the following medications:

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Klonopin
  • Zarontin
  • Lamictal
  • Tegretol
  • Depakote
  • Dilantin
  • Mysoline

Compounded Medications: We can make oral suspensions or capsules of the following:

  • Carbamazepine
  • Clonazepam
  • Phenobarbital
  • Phenytoin
  • Lamotrigine

For the treatment of pets, animals and other veterinary needs, we offer:

  • Potassium Bromide
  • Phenobarbital
  • Phenytoin
  • Primidone
  • Diazepam
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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA