Epilepsy Treatment with Anticonvulsants – Seizure Types, Success Stats and Side Effects

CBD for seizures is a safe and effective treatment. Traditional anti-seizure medications (anticonvulsants) can cause harmful side effects. Each type of seizure can be treated with CBD or anticonvulsants. In this article we will explore the above. This is Treating Epilepsy With Cannabis Therapy Pt 3 / 8.

Treatment for Epilepsy – Frequency, Type and Severity: What are the Main Kinds of Seizures?

Initial treatment for epilepsy depends on the severity, frequency, and type of seizures. The cause for the condition isn’t important. What matters is frequency, type and severity of seizures. Medicine is the first and most common approach.

Antiepileptic medicines (anticonvulsants) help prevent seizures in well over half of the people who take them. Many people do not want to be pumped full of medications like these and will opt or combine them with cannabis. The most common pharmaceutical drugs for epilepsy include:

  • Valproic acid
  • Phenytoin
  • Primidone
  • Clonazepam
  • Phenobarbital
  • Ethosuximide

Preventing and Treating Epileptic Seizures – Success Statistics and Using Different Combinations of Medicine

Current pharmaceuticals only help to prevent epileptic seizures in just over half of the patients who take them. This is not a great statistic. It should also be mentioned that this percentage is of the people who are taking their medication properly. These aren’t great odds.  Since epilepsy is difficult to treat, patients are often on more than one anti-seizure medication. This can cause more problems. Side effects of these medications can be unpleasant and risky. Treating epilepsy with cannabis can help to successfully reduce seizures and symptoms. It can also lessen side effects of other medications as less medicine is needed with cannabis.

Adverse Side Effects of Treating Epilepsy With Pharmaceutical Medication

Not only is this statistic disheartening but as with any medications there are side effects. As with most medications, they alleviate some things but can cause other problems. Some of the most common side effects of treating epilepsy with pharmaceutical medication include:

  • Depression
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Hair loss (Alopecia)
  • Impotence
  • Irritability
  • Liver failure
  • Mood disturbances
  • Nausea
  • Sedation
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Slurred speech
  • Weight gain

CBD for Seizures – Stop by Our Organic Cannabis Shop

Using CBD for seizures as an epilepsy treatment is usually looked at once traditional medications fail or when their side effects are too much to handle. If you would like to try CBD and see if it will work for you head over to our organic cannabis shop. Be sure to consult with your Dr. To learn more about cannabis therapy and epilepsy check out the next page in this series: Treating Epilepsy With CBD Oil, Scientific Evidence, the Autism Connection and CBD vs THC for Children and Adults Pt 4 – CBD Oil Canada: Cannabis Education

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