Is it safe to give my child Dramamine?
What is Dramamine?
Dramamine is a prescription drug used to treat seizures and other types of seizures. It works by increasing the amount of neurotransmitters in your brain. These include serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinepherine. This increases the flow of these chemicals into your brain which helps calm down your nervous system.
The main side effects are nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache and sleepiness. However there have been no deaths from using this medication. There is also some evidence that it may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. (Source)
How does it work?
It works by increasing the release of neurotransmitters in your brain which makes them easier to access. This means they are able to reach their destination quicker than before.
Why would I want to use it?
There are many reasons why you might want to try it:
You suffer from seizure disorders such as epilepsy or Dravet Syndrome. You may have trouble sleeping due to these conditions. You may not like going out because of the risks associated with driving. You could also benefit from the fact that you will be able to drive longer distances without any problems.
Who shouldn’t use it?
Not everybody can use this medication. You should speak to your physician if you suffer from any of the conditions below:
You are pregnant or breastfeeding. You have heart, liver or kidney problems. You suffer from bipolar disorder or a history of drug abuse. You suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.
You have a history of a stroke or any type of allergic reaction to anti-depressants. You are taking any other medication or substance.
What happens when I take it?
Some people have reported that taking the drug has had a great effect on their lives. It has allowed them to go out and enjoy themselves without having to worry about a seizure attack occurring. Others have said the exact opposite and that they feel like a “vegetable” while on the medication.
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EQUANIL (mefrobamatb) by WRISA REQUISITE – ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD, 1957 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Prevention of Sea-sickness by SM Rust, FWA Fosbery – British Medical Journal, 1949 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Songs of the gorilla nation: My journey through autism by D Prince-Hughes – 2004 – books.google.com
Quality of Liver Extracts by W Dalrymple-Champneys – British Medical Journal, 1949 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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