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Are there medications to treat brain injury?

If you or a loved one suffer a brain injury, there is nothing more important than receiving the best medical cadvice on your road to recovery. Many people neglect to realize that there are medications available for the treatment of brain injury. While these are not a "magic pill" that cause a person to automatically feel better, they can go a long way in helping deal with symptoms.

Some of the most common types of medication to treat brain injury include:

-- Analgesics: used for pain management

-- Anti-anxiety: used to lessen the feelings of fear and nervousness

-- Anti-depressants: used to treat any symptoms of depression

-- Anti-psychotics: used to combat symptoms such as hostility, sleep disorders and hallucinations

-- Stimulants: used to increase a person's level of attention and alertness

Along with the above, a growing number of people are considering the benefits of alternative medicine for the treatment of brain injuries. While there is not much information available on these treatment strategies, they are worth considering. If nothing else, it gives you the opportunity to learn more about your body and the types of treatments that are available.

Anybody who suffered a brain injury should follow the advice of one's medical team. In other words, don't take medication without first checking with a doctor. You don't want to make a mistake that can cause more harm than good.

Traumatic brain injuries can be extremely difficult to live with. Victims who suffer a brain injury due to another person's negligence often feel helpless. There's some hope that some of these medications will help them during their recovery. 

Source: Brain Injury Association of America, "Treatment," accessed Jan. 19, 2016

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