- How They Work
- Side Effects
- Drug Names
WHAT ARE ANTICONVULSANT NEURONAL POTASSIUM CHANNEL OPENERS AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Neuronal potassium channel openers are a class of drugs mainly used to treat seizures (anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drugs) in adults. Neuronal potassium channel opener reduces seizure by targeting the potassium channel present throughout the nerves. Opening of the potassium channel decreases the excitability of nerves. When nerve excitability increases, the person may experience seizures.
Neuronal potassium channel opener stabilizes the potassium channel by keeping it open. As a result, the excitability of nerves is suppressed, which in turn reduces seizure activity.
HOW ARE ANTICONVULSANT NEURONAL POTASSIUM CHANNEL OPENERS USED?
Anticonvulsant neuronal potassium channel openers are used to treat:
WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF ANTICONVULSANT NEURONAL POTASSIUM CHANNEL OPENERS?
The most common side effects of neuronal potassium channel opener include:
- Problems with coordination
- Double vision
- Lack of concentration
- Memory impairment
- Lack of strength
- Urinary retention (difficulty in emptying the bladder fully)
- Weight gain
Rare side effects of neuronal potassium channel opener include psychotic symptoms.
The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible side effects, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure these drugs do not cause any harm when you take them along with other medicines. Never stop taking your medication and never change your dose or frequency without consulting your doctor.
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