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Epilepsy drug to treat chronic cough (ABC)

According to yahoo news..

Australian researchers have found that a drug used to treat epilepsy can help patients suffering a chronic cough.

Doctors from the Hunter Medical Research Institute in New South Wales trialled a drug called Gabapentin which is commonly used for epilepsy and pain.

Lead researcher Dr Nicole Ryan says more than 60 patients were given the epilepsy drug.

Dr Ryan says three quarters of the patients reported an improvement in their symptoms, but the symptoms came back once they stopped taking the drug.

“The participants taking Gabapentin had a significant increase in their quality of life compared to the people on the placebo,” she said.

“It’s thought that the drug suppresses a nerve-related trigger which stimulates the persistent cough.”  end quote

 

http://www.medicinenet.com/gabapentin/article.htm

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Check the side effects/

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of gabapentin are dizziness,somnolence, ataxia, fatigue, fluid retention, hostility, nausea and vomiting. Other adverse events associated with gabapentin include hypertension,anorexia, bruising, joint pain, motion sickness, and pneumonia.

Antiepileptic medications have been associated with increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior. Anyone considering the use of antiepileptic drugs must balance this risk of suicide with the clinical need. Patients who are started on therapy should be closely observed for clinical worsening, suicidal thoughts, or unusual changes in behavior.’’

Just check out what is causing your cough before you go to these Drug prescribing Medics.

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