Medication for Treating HYPER Periodic Paralysis

It's important to get Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis treatment because even though the muscle weakness attacks are usually temporary, it's possible that they can eventually cause permanent muscle weakness.

One thing you can do is to try to avoid things that trigger the episodes. For example, you may need to cut down on your potassium intake. Managing your stress levels is something else you can do to reduce the likelihood of an episode since stress is a trigger. Writing in a journal about things that make you feel stressed is a good first step to take in managing stress.

Acetazolamide

  • It is used to get rid of extra fluid.
  • It is used to treat or prevent altitude sickness.
  • It is used to help control certain kinds of seizures.
  • It is used to treat glaucoma.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons.

Acute Hyperkalemic Attacks

Simple Carbohydrates

Glucose or other carbohydrates (sugars) given during an attack may reduce the severity of the symptoms. High carbohydrate food (candy bar) or drink (sugar cola, sweet tea) taken at the first sign of weakness may abort or relieve episodes.

* Source: Periodic Paralysis International 

Albuterol

Lowers the potassium. Albuterol (also known as salbutamol) is used to prevent and treat wheezing and shortness of breath caused by breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It is also used to prevent asthma brought on by exercise. It is a quick-relief medication. Albuterol belongs to a class of drugs known as bronchodilators. It works in the airways by opening breathing passages and relaxing muscles.

Dichlorphenamide

KEVEYIS (pronounced keh-VAY-iss) is a prescription drug by Strongbridge Biopharma TM. It is the first and only FDA-approved periodic paralysis treatment. Each KEVEYIS tablet contains 50 mg of the active ingredient, dichlorphenamide, and a tablet is usually prescribed to be taken once or twice daily. This medication can be used for hyperkalemic and hypokalemic periodic paralysis, as well as other similar diseases.

Mechanism of Action: Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitor

Additional Resources: Strongbridge TM CareConnection 

Patient Assistance telephone: 844-KEVEYIS (844-538-3947) 

KEVEYIS®

KEVEYIS® is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for primary hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, primary hypokalemic periodic paralysis, and other similar diseases.

Medication is divided into two major groups. Be aware of your kind of Periodic Paralysis when using medication. Never use any medication without the consultancy of a medical doctor.

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