It’s an idea that has captured the attention of the public as people turn to the drugs to relieve their symptoms.
A new study has found that painkillers aren’t addictive, but it’s a drug that can cause brain damage and lead to seizures.
Dr. Robert M. Krulwich, who led the research, says there are some people who will be able to live without painkillers for years after their seizures have subsided.
Krulwich is director of neurology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
He and his team tested some of the drugs in the study.
He said they found that those who took them for six months or more were no longer addicted.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before in my career,” Krulich said.
The drugs were used to treat pain in severe pain and to treat acute pain.
The painkillers were given in tablets, and they were mixed with other drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone, which is used to ease muscle spasms.
The researchers gave the patients an MRI to measure brain activity.
In addition, the patients took a drug called prazosin, which causes a surge in the levels of certain brain chemicals that affect memory, cognition and mood.
Prazosins are known to cause seizures in people with seizures, so Krulovich wanted to know if taking them could cause seizures.
Prazosines are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treating mild to moderate seizures, Kruliches said.
Pz-2200, the drug that the researchers tested, is approved for treating seizures in adults with epilepsy.
Kruehlich said that the study is a first step toward understanding the brain changes associated with the use of these drugs, but the research team will continue to investigate how these drugs affect the brain.
He said that many people are likely to find relief from these drugs for years to come, but others may need to wait to see how they affect their brain.
“They may need surgery or they may need another drug,” Krulaich said, adding that these drugs are often prescribed to treat other conditions.