Pediatrics

Children With Seizures: A Guide For Parents, Teachers, And by Martin L. Kutscher

By Martin L. Kutscher

This concise, obtainable instruction manual for households, pals and carers of youngsters with seizures presents the entire details they should process seizures from a place of strength.

Part 1 discusses kinds and explanations of seizures, and what to do in the course of a seizure. The clinical thoughts and technical terminology in addition to the to be had exams and coverings, together with anticonvulsant drugs, are truly defined. the writer additionally addresses a number of the emotional and social concerns which could come up, and there are chapters for children and teenagers to learn themselves or with their mom and dad. half 2 covers probably the most universal epilepsy syndromes in additional element. additional studying and worthy contacts also are provided.

This reassuring, casual, and upbeat ebook will toughen and support make clear the dialogue with the kid's treating health care professional.

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The benzodiazepine medications such as clonazepam (Klonopin) and lorazepam (Ativan) are also useful particularly for syndromes that include absence or myoclonic seizures. Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenytoin (Dilantin), and phenobarbital can also be used to control primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, with the following caveats: • carbamazepine (Tegretol), and thus presumably oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), can worsen other types of generalized seizures, but can sometimes be added on to help treat the convulsive seizures if other medications are controlling the absence and myoclonic seizures • phenytoin (Dilantin) may have a negative effect on absence seizures.

Valproic acid is a very effective anticonvulsant with a very broad spectrum of activity. It does not raise cholesterol levels. Originally hailed as an anticonvulsant for all types of generalized seizures (including tonic-clonic, absence, and myoclonic), it has since been recognized to be very effective for partial seizures as well. Thus, valproic acid is particularly useful for patients who have a mixture of seizure types. So why aren’t all patients with seizures being treated with valproic acid?

50 CHILDREN WITH SEIZURES Lamotrigine (Lamictal) clearly helps tonic-clonic seizures, but may sometimes exacerbate myoclonic seizures. Ethosuximide (Zarontin) is generally limited to the treatment of absence seizures. Levetiracetam (Keppra) is a promising medication for a broad spectrum of idiopathic generalized seizures. Topiramate (Topamax) also has a broad range of activity. The benzodiazepine medications such as clonazepam (Klonopin) and lorazepam (Ativan) are also useful particularly for syndromes that include absence or myoclonic seizures.

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