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Do you need to know how seizures and epilepsy are related? Or, is intense concentration and staring spells considered as seizures? Seizures can be frightening and unnerving to deal with especially when it affects children with autism. Using prescribed medication can be useful to keep the seizures under control. However, the medication type and its dosage needs to be prescribed by a qualified doctor based on the condition. If you have questions about seizures and the cause behind them, verified medical Experts can be helpful to provide answers. Read below where Experts have answered a few questions about seizures.

How are epilepsy and seizures related?

Epilepsy is a brain disorder or ailment that causes seizures. In such a condition, the person may or may not lose consciousness and/or move, behave in an unusual manner. Though most of the time the cause for epilepsy is unknown it can be passed on through families (hereditary) or related to a brain injury. Seizures are a symptom of this disease and not a disease by itself. They are a warning sign of underlying or different disorders that are affecting the brain. Some seizures can lead to loss of consciousness, twitching, and shaking of the body. Other types of seizures could include staring spells that can easily go unnoticed.

Can intense episodes of concentration while playing with toys be related to autistic seizures in a nine-year-old boy?

It is possible that staring episodes or periods of odd concentration can be ‘absence seizures.’ If this has occurred, the child tends to become sleepy after a seizure. With absence seizures, staring episodes can occur anytime and not necessarily while playing with toys. Additionally, children with autism tend to stare at objects or can have staring episodes and this behavior is or should be noticed or observed since early childhood. If this was not observed since childhood, in this case, it is doubtful to be any form of autism. The last likelihood is the theory of escaping into play when the child is anxious. This is harmless and sometimes can prove helpful to relieve anxiety. 

Is Neurontin a medication for seizure?

The literature available indicates that the use of Neurontin is typically for seizure management. Some doctors use seizure medication ‘off label’ for behavioral treatment as well. However, Neurontin (gabapentin) is seldom used for such a purpose. It is more unlikely for Neurontin to be prescribed if the patient were a child exhibiting autistic behavior.

Is Depakote helpful in dealing with a seizure?

Depakote is essentially anti-seizure medication and affects the chemicals in the body that are involved in causing a seizure. It is successfully used to treat aggression in patients with autism.

Is it common to experience seizures with Asperger’s and Shadow syndrome?

Seizures are not often connected with Asperger’s or Shadow syndrome. Although both these conditions, each indicate slight anomalies of the brain composition, their nature is not such that they would trigger seizure activity. The presence of seizures can be determined through brain studies. If a person with the above condition experiences a seizure, there are medications which assist in the prevention of the brain from getting overloaded or misfiring. A seizure activity can be likened to a computer crash where too many programs are running simultaneously and there is insufficient resources to support the system, leading to such a crash.

What is the recommended course of action for treatment of aggression associated with autism and development of seizures?

Case Details: The patient is on Dilantin.

The prescribing doctor should first do a trial of Risperidone to help alleviate the observed aggressive symptoms. This may present a drug to drug interaction since the person is on Dilantin. The interactions possible with these two medications Dilantin (phenytoin) and Risperdal (risperidone) are as follows: The central nervous system and/or respiratory-depressant effects may be additively or synergistically increased in patients taking multiple drugs that cause these effects, especially in elderly or debilitated patients. In order to manage this, during the concomitant use of these drugs, patients should be monitored for potentially excessive or prolonged CNS and respiratory depression. Ambulatory patients should be counseled to avoid hazardous activities requiring mental alertness and motor coordination until they are aware of the effects of these agents. The respective physician should be notified in case they experience excessive or prolonged CNS effects that interfere with their normal activities.

As seen above, seizures are serious symptoms which need to be managed properly. Autism related seizures can be more challenging to handle as the mental and social capability of the individual is limited along with other health issues as well. If you need to understand more about seizures, how to deal with them and get as much information about it, it is possible by contacting Experts online. Medical Experts can answer specific questions and provide customized answers. This can put you at ease to make the right decision about the conditions and options. All this is possible from the comfort of your home, in a quick, confidential and affordable manner. 

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