Many of us are so overwhelmed by the process of TBI diagnosis, treatment, and traumatic brain injury rehab, that we don’t even think to ask the important questions, or understand everything that the doctor says. A good physician will explain the tests, the diagnosis and the necessary rehabilitation in layman’s term. But, some won’t, or maybe the stress of the visit will make you forget as soon as you leave the office.
In Part 1 of this Guide, we explained some of these terms, especially the ones concerning functions and skills. In Part 2, we defined the terms related to some of the symptoms of TBI. Today, in Part 3, we’ll talk about the glossary concerning medication used to treat TBI.
Medication used to decrease the possibility of a seizure (e.g., Dilantin, Phenobarbital, Mysoline, Tegretol).
Medication used to treat depression.
Medication used mainly to slow down the heart, by blocking the action of hormones like adrenaline. Commonly used beta-blockers include:
- atenolol (also called Tenormin)
- bisoprolol (also called Cardicor or Emcor)
- metoprolol (also called Betaloc, or Lopresor)
- propranolol (also called Inderal or Angilol)
Neuroleptics, also known as antipsychotic medications, are used to treat and manage symptoms of many psychiatric disorders. They can be divided into two classes: first-generation (“typical” antipsychotics) and second-generation (“atypical” antipsychotics).
Antiepileptic drugs (commonly known as anticonvulsants or antiseizure drugs) are a varied group of pharmacological agents used in the treatment of epileptic seizures. Many seem to act as mood stabilizers and are used for the treatment of neuropathic pain.
Watch this film by Speed Pharmacology about antiepileptics –“Pharmacology – ANTIEPILEPTIC DRUGS (MADE EASY)”, to find out more:
May be used for pain relief and pain management.
May lessen feelings of uncertainty, nervousness, and fear.
May be used to prevent blood clots.
May be used to reduce muscle spasms or spasticity.
May be used to induce sleep or depress the central nervous system in areas of mental and physical response, awareness, sleep, and pain.
May be used to increase attention and alertness.
Amantadine belongs to the class of medications called adamantanes. It is thought to work to control movement problems by increasing the amount of dopamine in certain parts of the body.
Remember, when you talk to your doctor about taking any of these, or other drugs, mention what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking, or plan to take.
Stay tuned for the fourth part of this TBI glossary guide.
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