Convulsions are the symptom of epileptic seizures. Hence, these two term convulsions and seizures are often used as synonyms. The anticonvulsant drugs are also used to treat other painful conditions such as Postherpetic neuralgia and Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that involves symptoms like:
• Muscle pain • Joint tenderness • Fatigue • Sleep problems • Flu-like systems • Fibromyalgia can be mild, moderate, or severe
Causes of Convulsions:
In most of the cases, the actual cause of the epilepsy is not known. There are certain conditions that may certainly cause epilepsy:
• Strokes • Head injuries • Fevers • Deprivation of oxygen to the brain • Brain infections/meningitis • Brain diseases like Alzheimer’s • Brain tumors • Birth defects
What is Phenytoin?
Phenytoin is an anti convulsant drug, also called an anti epileptic drug. It slows down impulses in the brain that cause seizures. Hence, it is prescribed for controlling seizures. However, it does not treat all types of seizures. Your doctor will decide if it is the right drug for your seizure condition.Phenytoin is sold under various trade names, some of which are Dilantin and Eptoin (Abott Pharmaceuticals).
What is Carbamazepine?
Carbamazepine is an anti convulsant medication. It is sold under different brand names across the globe in various nations, some of which are Tegretol, Zeptol (made by Sun Pharma) and Tegrital (made by Novartis). Carbamazepine is prescribed mainly for the treatment of seizures and nerve pain like trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. This medication is also used to treat bipolar disorder.Carbamazepine may also be prescribed for other conditions which are not listed here.