CBD for Epilepsy| Best Treatment for Seizures Epilepsy

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CBD for Epilepsy| Best Treatment for Seizures Epilepsy

If you’re looking some best ways to treat or deal with Epilepsy & Seizures with CBD then you landed at right place..

Here we will discuss about all the ways by which you can use CBD in different forms for Epilepsy & Seizures and what are possible outcomes and precautions that needs to be taken.

Also, we will discuss all the Frequent Asked questions related to Epilepsy treatment with CBD.

Before moving forward, let’s first discuss about Epilepsy.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behaviors, sensations and sometimes loss of awareness. 

It’s very common disease. It can affect both males and females of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages. Epilepsy is a relatively common condition, affecting 0.5% to 1% of the population

Seizure symptoms can vary widely. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs. Having a single seizure doesn’t mean you have epilepsy. At least two unprovoked seizures are generally required for an epilepsy diagnosis.

Generally, people miss-understood Seizures with Epilepsy but it is not necessary if you’re having seizures then you must have Epilepsy. A seizure is basically a single occurrence, whereas epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by two or more unprovoked seizures. In simple words, when a person has recurring seizures, this is known as epilepsy.

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Symptoms

The only symptom that you will have during epilepsy is Seizure. Though there are multiple types of Seizures that will might happen to person. But by keeping a track of recurring Seizures, you will get you know that you’re suffering from epilepsy.

People who have abnormal movements or behavior due to unusual electrical activities in the brain is a sign of having epilepsy.

Symptoms vary depending upon the type of seizure. In most of the cases, a person with epilepsy will tend to have the same type of seizure each time, so symptoms will be similar in every time.

Most of the common symptoms include: loss of consciousness or awareness, temporary confusion, a staring spell, uncontrollable jerking movement of arms and legs.  A person with epilepsy also face psychic symptoms such as fear, anxiety and more.

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Diagnosing the Epilepsy

Diagnosing the Seizures and Epilepsy is quite a difficult task but it should important to diagnose it to get effective treatment on time. Mostly Seizures are unpredictable, as it can happen at any time and it’s not easy to diagnose it on time.

Apart from normal recurring seizures, there are other non-epileptic seizures also, that are not accompanied by abnormal electrical activity in the brain and may be caused by psychological issues or stress. However, non-epileptic seizures look like true seizures, which makes diagnosis more difficult.

So, it better to take care of your medical history and keep doing necessary test to assess abnormal patterns of electrical activity in the brain. There are multiple tests available that will help you in diagnosing the Epilepsy, like – Electroencephalography (EEG), Radiologic Testing, magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and more. You can read from here complete tests that can help you in diagnosing it better.

Also, it is essential that your neurologist diagnose your type of epilepsy, not just the type of seizure as most of the time, patients with epilepsy may undergo more than one type of seizures and only identifying the type of seizure will not work in treating Epilepsy effectively.

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Treatment for Epilepsy

First and Foremost, critical thing is to diagnose the type of epilepsy accurately for getting the best treatment.

There are multiple treatments that can help in with epilepsy and reduce seizures or stop having seizures completely.

Most common treatment includes: Anti-Epileptic Drugs (AEDs) or also known as drug therapy, In some cases keto diet will also help along with medications to reduce the symptom of epilepsy.

However, if no medicine or diet will work, then surgery will be the option to remove a small part of the brain that’s causing the seizures. In certain cases, there is a procedure in which a small electric device has been placed inside the body that can help in controlling the seizures.

Mostly, the type of treatment depends upon various factors like frequency of seizures and how severe it would be. Other factors like person’ age, overall health and medical history also considered while starting treatment.

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Treatment of Epilepsy with CBD

Treatment with CBD is other most effective way and procedure that can totally eliminate the effect of epilepsy.

Cannabinoids are substances in medical cannabis that act on cells in the body, including the brain. The two main cannabinoids used in medicine are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

And Cannabidiol (CBD), which does not contain THC and does not cause psychoactive effects has shown some positive effects on certain body system. This is the part that  has been effective in reducing seizure in some people with epilepsy.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved an extract of herbal, or plant-derived, CBD for the treatment of certain seizure conditions.

Epidiolex is the only prescription form of CBD available, and it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June 2018 for the treatment of seizures in two hard-to-treat forms epilepsy—Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome. Epidiolex is approved for adults and children over the age of 2 who have one of these rare disorders.

So, as of now CBD Epidiolex drug is only approved to treat Epilepsy. While more CBD products may come to market in the coming months, it is important to understand that not every CBD product is the same quality or uniform from batch to batch.

Any drug or supplement that is being considered for use as a medical treatment should first be discussed with your doctor. The possibility of benefits after interaction with other seizure medications and side effects require careful review with your doctor.

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What is Epidiolex Drug (Cannabidiol, CBD)

Epidiolex is a purified from of CBD extract derived from the cannabis plant. This drug is manufactured by Greenwich Biosciences (U.S. Based company of GW Pharmaceuticals) to give known and consistent amounts in each dose.

Epidiolex comes as a liquid solution and can be taken by mouth. It’s available in a 100-mL bottle. Each mL of Epidiolex solution contains 100 mg of active drug.

In clinical studies, Epidiolex is known to reduce the number of seizures in the patients having epilepsy. Most of the people were taking Epidiolex in combination with at least two other epilepsy drugs.

  • people with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome who were taking Epidiolex had 20% to 25% fewer seizures than people not taking the drug
  • people with Dravet syndrome who were taking Epidiolex had 26% fewer seizures than people not taking the drug
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Dosage of CBD or Epidiolex for Epilepsy

The dosage is totally prescribed by your doctor as per your age, weight and other medical history.

Mostly, Epidiolex is prescribed in doses of milligrams (mg) of medication per kilogram (kg) of body weight. One kilogram of body weight is equal to 2.2 pounds of body weight. Your dosage will be written as mg/kg.

Recommended (standard) dosages for people with seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome are listed below.

  • Starting dosage: 2.5 mg/kg taken by mouth twice daily
  • Maintenance dosage: 5 mg/kg taken by mouth twice daily
  • Maximum dosage: 10 mg/kg taken by mouth twice daily

Your doctor may increase or decrease the dosage depending on how well your body is reacting and tolerating the drug.(Source)

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Side Effects Using CBD as Treatment

Treating with Epidiolex or CBD can cause mild or serious side effects. Most of the time, the effects were not serious but if you’re facing some serious issues, then talk to your doctor immediately.

Most common side effects include- fatigue, feeling weak, drowsiness, loss of appetite , diarrhea, skin rash or nay other infections. These are the common side effects while using CBD in your day to day life.

And most of the side effects may go away within few days or couple of weeks. Don’t wait to visit to doctor, if the severity of these effects will increase.

In some cases, serious side effects have been seen like suicidal thoughts or behaviors, severe allergic reaction and sedation. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency.

Is it a Long term Solution for Epilepsy.

Yes, you can use it for long term,as Epidiolex is meant to be used as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Epidiolex seems to be safe and effective, it will better to take it long term.

Can I use Epidioled for Other conditions.

Like CBD , you can used Epidiolex for other conditons also. But remember, It’s only approved to treat seizures caused by Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome by FDA.

However, as per other studies, you can use Epidiolex for various other purposes like pain, for anxiety, for Autism, for people having schizophrenia symptoms, people having migraine issues, for tuberous sclerosis and more.

But it has not yet approved by FDA, so before using it for any other condition, consult your doctor first.

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