Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Pros and Cons of Anti Seizure Medication

For a person, such as an epileptic, who is prone to severe seizures, anti seizure medications have proven a real blessing. Fear of seizures restricts these people from living their lives to the full, either due to fear of injury or fear of embarrassment. So an effective medication to control those seizures is like a new lease on life in a sense - a resurrection.

Every individual reacts differently to pharmaceuticals; however, and some of the anti seizure medications are very potent drugs. Anyone who is considering using one of these types of drugs needs to weigh the pros and cons of such use. Usually the threat of seizure far outweighs any negative side effects of a drug. Still, use should be closely monitored and your doctor's instructions should be followed religiously.

Surprisingly, certain anti seizure medications are proving worthwhile today in treating other health disorders besides epilepsy. One of those is Parkinson's Disease, along with its distant cousin, Essential Tremors. Many sufferers of the type of shaking experienced by those with Parkinson's Disease have found a degree of relief through the use of certain anti seizure medications.

As with any medication, however, there are no guarantees. Some have benefited greatly while others see little difference when it comes to their tremors. Even those who do see a difference in the degree of shaking cannot count on any medication stopping the shaking entirely. Still, it is an option that may be worthy of consideration for those who find the shaking intolerable.

Although anti seizure medications can be a blessing, they are not for everybody. Your neurologist is in the best position to determine which medication is right for you. He or she will take into consideration any other medications you are taking, as well as other health issues that may come into play. Also, these medications can be very potent and even habit forming if not monitored. Certainly what is recommended for an adult may be entirely wrong for a child suffering from epilepsy.

This being so, never assume what is best for yourself. Sit down with your neurologist and discuss your options before coming to any decision. Also keep in mind that there is always a possibility of an adverse reaction to whatever drug may be prescribed. It may take a little trial and error before arriving at the right medication for you.

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