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What type of medications can treat brain injury?

Nobody wants to suffer a brain injury, but if you find yourself in this position it is good to know that there are treatment options to consider. For example, there are many types of medication that have been proven effective.

Any medication prescribed for a brain injury is carefully selected by the medical team, as they must make sure the benefits outweigh any potential drawbacks.

Some of the most commonly prescribed medications for brain injury include:

— Analgesics. These are used for pain management and pain relief.

— Anti-anxiety agents. These can lessen feelings of fear and nervousness.

— Anti-depressants. Proven effective for the treatment of depression, which is common if a person suffers a brain injury.

— Muscle relaxants. Prescribed to reduce spasticity and muscle spasms.

— Anti-coagulants. Used for the prevention of blood clots.

— Anti-convulsants. Used to prevent seizures, a common side effect of a brain injury.

— Stimulants. These help increase a person’s level of attention and alertness.

While all of these medications are effective in some way, it doesn’t mean that they will be prescribed at the same time. Some people need more than one, while others won’t require nearly as many.

There is no medication that can magically heal a brain injury, however, all of these can go a long way in helping a person deal with a variety of side effects.

If you or a loved one have suffered a brain injury, it is important to understand that there are medications that can help your situation. These have been researched in great detail, and are proven to work.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America, “Treatment,” accessed Dec. 29, 2015

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