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How ‘Medical’ Is Marijuana?

A systematic review published in The Journal of the American Medical Association looked at all randomized controlled trials of cannabis or cannabinoids to treat medical conditions. They found 79 trials involving more than 6,400 participants. Medical marijuana prevented nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy (47% of those using it versus…

Recognizing and Addressing Antiepileptic Drug Side Effects

Side effects of antiepileptic drugs may affect quality of life even more than seizures. In a study of 1,694 adults with epilepsy, patient-reported cognitive side effects were most common with topiramate, zonisamide, phenytoin, and oxcarbazepine. The study, published in Epilepsy & Behavior, found an intolerability rate of about 13% overall….

Exposure to anti-epileptic drugs through breastfeeding safe

This study abstract indicates that using epileptic drugs during pregnancy lowers the 6 month olds fine motor skills, an indicator of healthy development. Most pregnant women with epilepsy don’t have much option with drug use, it’s life saving. More useful is the information that breastfeeding while using anti-epileptic drugs seems…