Nootropics and seizures
What are Nootropics?
The term ‘Nootropics’ in Greek means “Towards the Mind.” ‘Nootropics’ are neurologically active compounds that enhance cognitive potential, retention abilities and general well-being of the mind. They are the parent compound of Cholinergic, Racetam, and Piracetam. Some popular nootropic substitutes are Krill Oil, Pyritinol, Ginkgo Biloba and Yamabushitake.
Nootropics are often called smart drugs because of their enhancing effect on executive functioning, decision-making, retention capabilities, and creativity. The use of nootropics for mental enhancement is a topic of debate in the medicine world due to its use by relatively healthy individuals without any medical indication.
Many doctors and scientists have expressed their concerns over the fairness of the drugs and its possible side effects on consumers. It not only help in improving cognitive abilities of the brain but according to recent studies have also been found to treat seizures occurring as a result of mental trauma effectively.
What are they used for?
They are mainly consumed to improve upon mental faculties of cognition, retention, executive decision making and to increase the longevity of neurons. Since they are consumed to improve upon an already healthy mental state, they are called as smart drugs. These are drugs, which are not prescribed to cure any disease but to strengthen the mind of the individual.
They boost your concentration and clarity of thought; as a result, improving the creative faculties. Most nootropics also show anti-ageing effects on the individual. Nootropics target poor vision, wrinkling skin, graying hair as well as a stressed out brain. Because nootropics are oxidizing agents and improve the circulation of fresh oxygen to vital areas of brain cells, they are crucial to keeping the neurons in good health.
The role of nootropics in controlling Seizures
Seizures mostly occur as a result of abnormal electrical activity in the brain, characterized by a sudden movement in the body. It can last between few seconds to several minutes. The part of the brain, which produces electrical impulses leading to a seizure, is called the focus in medical terms.
During a seizure, the patient loses consciousness after a couple of seconds followed by stiffening of the body, followed by a violent jerking phase, lasting approximately for twenty to thirty seconds. After this, the patient drops into an undefined coma or a deep sleep like state.
Nootropics are usually consumed in compliment with anti-epilepsy medication to make the treatment more potent and efficient. They are taken in combination with other drugs, and as a result, the net benefit of nootropics medicines for the treatment of epileptic seizure is relatively unknown.
As per recent studies, 200 mg of a nootropic helped in enhancing brain activity and controlling epilepsy by 12% in patients. This number is said to be higher if the patient manages to find the right nootropics and stacks them together.
It can be stacked depending on how potent you want the result to be. Remember that a nootropic must only be used in combination with a seizure drug and not as a standalone, as it complements the anti-seizure medication not supplement them. It would be advisable for you to consult your doctor before consuming a nootropic with your seizure medicines for best results.
All of these are based on study results and are not conclusive. Studies are still being conducted on the effects of these nootropics on the brain. If you are experiencing positive results with it, then it is advisable for you to continue with the same. However, if the nootropic is not working well with your seizure medicines, then you can discontinue it or reduce the dosage. Most Nootropics are available over the counter and will not require a prescription. Nootropics are also easily available for sale online.