Change in Habits

1. Altered sleep patterns because of trips, holidays, or parties.

2. A job, exams, or an emotional stress may lead to seizures in active teens. If a pattern develops, knowledge of the pattern is quite helpful in defining treatment.

3. Alcohol use can lower the seizure threshold and can also increase noncompliance.

4. The use of illicit drugs or prescription drugs that lower the threshold. Examples are neuroleptic agents, lindane (Kwell), theophylline, phencyclidene (PCP), LSD, cyclosporine, isoniazid, meperidine, tricyclic antidepressants, stimulants, and certain anesthetic agents (e.g., ethrane).

Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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