More than 3 million Americans have a seizure disorder, a condition that causes the brain to repeatedly misfire. At Compassionate Telemedicine in Austin, Texas, Allison Kendrick, MD, MA, prescribes medical cannabis to help patients control their seizure disorder. Dr. Kendrick uses telemedicine technology to see patients remotely. Call the office or request an appointment online today to find out how medical cannabis can reduce your seizures.
A seizure is a sudden, uncontrolled surge of electrical activity in the brain. Seizures usually change a person’s behavior, movements, or level of consciousness. Most seizures last anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes.
Many things can occur during a seizure. A person having a seizure may stare into space, fall to the ground, or experience uncontrollable jerking movements in their arms and legs.
Epilepsy is a condition that involves recurrent, unprovoked seizures. You may have epilepsy if you’ve experienced two or more seizures that had no clear cause, such as alcohol withdrawal or very low blood sugar.
About 1 in 26 people develop a seizure disorder at some point in life. Seizure disorder affects people of all ages, including men, women, and children. Dr. Kendrick specializes in providing these patients with alternative medicine to control their seizures.
Dr. Kendrick sees seizure patients ages 12 and older. Patients under age 18 may require a legal guardian to obtain medical marijuana.
Prescription medications are the most common form of treatment for a seizure disorder. However, some people can’t tolerate the side effects of anti-seizure medications, and others find them ineffective.
The Texas Compassionate Use Program allows patients with a seizure disorder to qualify for low-dose THC.
Studies show that medical marijuana effectively reduces the frequency of seizures, even in patients who don't respond to traditional anti-seizure medication. Additionally, participants in these studies typically don’t experience dramatic side effects of medical cannabis.
When side effects do occur, they’re typically mild to moderate and may include drowsiness, diarrhea, and decreased appetite. The low-dose THC that Dr. Kendrick prescribes doesn’t cause the psychoactive effects that a higher concentration of THC can.
If you’re a Texas resident with a diagnosis of epilepsy or another seizure disorder, you may be a candidate for medical marijuana.
The first step is to schedule a telemedicine appointment with Dr. Kendrick. She reviews your symptoms and medical history to helps you decide whether medical cannabis is right for you.
For safe and effective seizure relief, call Compassionate Telemedicine, or book an appointment online today.