The Trouble with AEDs

Epilepsy Talk

At the very best, finding the right anti-epilepsy drug is a crap shoot. There’s always the hope that this one will do it.

Or maybe adjunct therapy will work. Or, sigh, the side-effects derail you and you’re on to the next.

Is asking for seizure control too much?

The good news is that many newer AEDs are better tolerated than the older, standard AEDs.Although they, too, come with side-effects.

Newer AEDs often cause less sedation and require less monitoring than older drugs.

Although they are generally FDA-approved for use as add-ons to standard drugs that have failed to control seizures, they are often prescribed as single drugs.

Specific choices usually depend on your particular condition and the specific side-effects of the AED.

None has emerged as being superior to either standard or newer drugs.

All appear to offer some benefits, however, as with standard anti-seizure drugs, they all come…

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An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders

Dear Bernie, I hope this letter finds you well. I write you today on behalf of tens of millions of Americans and untold numbers worldwide. I write first and foremost to say “Thank you.”…

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Epilepsy Myths Live On…

Epilepsy Talk

Just when you thought the modern world was becoming enlightened, there are still a whole lot of myths and fears about epilepsy — fueled by ignorance and misinformation. These fears might sound ridiculous to you…but they’re real for those who don’t know better.

Myth: Epilepsy is contagious.Fact: Epilepsy cannot be caught from contact with a person with epilepsy.

Myth: People with epilepsy cannot be employed.  Fact: Many people with epilepsy are successful in all types of professions. Even today, people with epilepsy often do not discuss their medical disorder with co-workers for fear of what others may think. Yet, epilepsy is generally not a condition that gets worse with time.

Myth: People with epilepsy are physically limited in what they can do.Fact: In most cases epilepsy is not a barrier to physical achievement. In some circumstances, when seizures are not being well controlled, persons with epilepsy may…

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Seizure Provoking Conditions

Epilepsy Talk

Few of these conditions will cause epilepsy itself…but many can lead to seizures. So consider this a definition of the possibilities…

Aicardi Syndrome

Aicardi syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that interferes with the formation of the corpus collusum, the connector between two hemispheres of the brain. Medical researchers don’t believe that the disorder is passed down from parents to children. Scientists instead think it is caused by a first-time mutation in a child’s genetic code.

Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium

Alcohol withdrawal delirium (AWD) is the most serious form of alcohol withdrawal. It causes sudden and severe problems in your brain and nervous system. Approximately five percent of hospital patients are being treated for alcohol abuse.

Amphetamine Dependence

People who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder sometimes require amphetamine stimulants to help them cope. Some people take amphetamines to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder.

Anxiety and Depression

Benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal —…

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Antidepressant Drugs for Epilepsy

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170 Economists Endorse Bernie Sanders’ Plan To Reform Wall St. And Rein In Greed

170 of the nation’s top economists have released a letter endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s plan to reform Wall Street.

Source: 170 Economists Endorse Bernie Sanders’ Plan To Reform Wall St. And Rein In Greed

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Obama Demolishes Republican Bigotry And Fear With Soaring Speech Welcoming New Citizens

Obama spoke before a group of 31 naturalization candidates from 25 different countries at the National Archives and demolished the fear and bigotry that Republicans are campaigning on.

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