Tag Archives: Diamox

Chronic Illness: Current Therapies

The main goal of bipolar disorder drug treatment is to establish euthymia (stable mood with a persistent sense of well-being) without inducing mania or rapid cycling (i.e., four or more mood episodes in a 12-month period). For this reason, drug treatment usually consists of an agent or, more frequently, combinations of agents that exert both… Read More »

Treatment of idiopathic intracranial hypertension?

Which of the following is used to preserve vision in patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)? A. Optic nerve sheath decompression (ONSD) B. Intracranial venous sinus stent placement C. Ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement D. Lumboperitoneal shunt placement E. All of the above The answer is E. Optic nerve sheath decompression (ONSD), which is also called optic… Read More »

Clinical trials of sham versus real acupuncture…

Which of the following statements describes clinical trials of sham versus real acupuncture? A. Patients with TTHs respond to both types of acupuncture. B. Patients with migraine headaches respond to both types of acupuncture. C. Acupuncture may show benefit similar to preventative medication in migraine patients. D. The psychological and physiologic benefits of acupuncture cannot… Read More »

Antiepileptic Drugs

Antiepileptic drugs are a class of medications developed to treat people with seizures. Tremendous effort and resources have been dedicated to epilepsy research. In the last years new antiepileptic drugs have become available for use. Even more surprisingly, these drugs have been found to improve the lives of people with a variety of medical disorders… Read More »

Anticonvulsant Drugs

Pharmacologic Profile General Use Anticonvulsants are used to decrease the incidence and severity of seizures due various etiologies. Some anticonvulsants are used parenterally in the immediate treatment of seizures. It is not uncommon for patients to require more than one anticonvulsant to control seizures on a long-term basis. Many regimens are evaluated with serum level… Read More »

Drugs Commonly Used Against Epilepsy

The following pages discuss the most commonly used antiepileptic drugs, listed alphabetically. A discussion of the role of benzodiazepines (clonazepam, clobazam, clorazepate, diazepam, lorazepam) follows. Acetazolamide Acetazolamide (Diamox ®) can be used with another drug to treat absence and myoclonic seizures. It is also used to treat partial or generalized seizures that occur more often… Read More »

Seizure Provoking Factors

Many people with epilepsy can identify certain factors that increase their chances of having a seizure. Well-established factors include missed medication, sleep deprivation, excessive alcohol use, and the premenstrual period. Other factors such as emotional stress are commonly reported and very likely, but are difficult to prove. For some people, specific environmental factors such as… Read More »