What is Epilepsy and How to Treat It?

Epilepsy is a disease of the central nervous system when an excitation focus appears in the cerebral cortex and causes convulsive activity. Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain, manifested in people all over the world. The disease is characterized by repeated seizures manifested in the form of short-term involuntary convulsions in any part of the body (partial seizures) or throughout the body (generalized convulsions). What may cause epilepsy? The most common type, characteristic for 6 out of 10 people suffering from this disorder, is idiopathic epilepsy, which has…

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Generic versus Brand Name Medications

If generic medicines are the same chemical as brand name medicine and less expensive, why would you prescribe brand name for my seizures? The answer lies in how the FDA defines generic. While the chemical is the same, the amount your body absorbs is different.  The law states that a generic medicine should be between 80% and 120% the potency of brand name.  In other words, if you take 100 mg of brand name medicine, the generic equivalent is between 80 mg and 120 mg of that same chemical.  This…

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