HOW DO ANTICONVULSANT NEURONAL POTASSIUM CHANNEL OPENERS WORK?

Reviewed on 5/11/2021

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:

  • Seizures (a sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain)
  • Epilepsy (a disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures)

WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS OF ANTICONVULSANT NEURONAL POTASSIUM CHANNEL OPENERS?

The most common side effects of neuronal potassium channel opener include:

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.

WHAT ARE DRUG NAMES OF ANTICONVULSANT NEURONAL POTASSIUM CHANNEL OPENERS?

Generic and brand names of neuronal channel openers drug include:

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/potiga-ezogabine-999664#4

https://www.rxlist.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=145688

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