Medications for Epilepsy

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Medications for Epilepsy
Introduction
A medication’s half-life refers to the time which is required for one-half of any medication to be processed and leave the system. The medication’s half-life is the time needed for the plasma concentration of that drug to attain half of its concentration or the length of time it takes for half the medication to be eliminated from the bloodstream.
Dilantin
Dilantin
or
phenytoin
sodium is commonly used to treat status
epilepticus
and other types of psychomotor seizures. One out of every 10 patients who experience seizures will be prescribed
dilantin
at some point in their treatment (
Schlicher
, 1998).
Phenytoin
has been in use for the treatment of status
epilepticus
and repetitive seizures since 1938...
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.....effects and all other information related to the drug. Another very good site is medicine.net which also supplies the same type of reliable and comprehensive information. Other sites include pdrhealth.com and medilexicon.com.
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Tegretol
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Neurontin
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Schlicher
, M. (1998).
Dilantin
jeopardy. Medsurg Nursing, 7(6), 343-348.