CBD Effects on Epilepsy Medication

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It seems at least once a week I am asked about CBD Oil. It is showing promising results in the management of epilepsy. I have tried it briefly & my huMom believes it was helping me but we are hoping to get a specific CBD oil called, “Charlotte’s Web”, because it is made specifically to manage epilepsy. We are also doing our due diligence as this is a relatively new medication & it is not yet regulated (or legal) here in Canada.

A study is underway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Adults & children with hard to manage epilepsy are trying CBD oil but the study is also looking as to how CBD interacts with other seizure medications.

The study has found that there were significant changes in levels of the drugs clobazam, topiramate, & rufinamide in both adults & children. Changes in zonisamide & eslicarbazepine was observed in adults only. Except for clobazam, however, the drug levels did not change outside of the normally accepted range. Tests also showed that participants taking valproate & CBD showed slightly more stress on their liver.

The findings emphasize the importance of monitoring blood levels of anti epileptic drugs as well as liver function during treatment with CBD oil. The perception exists that since CBD is plant based, it is natural & safe. While this may be true, this study shows that CBD can interact with anti seizure drugs.

Studies like this are very helpful. We intend to try CBD Oil again, once we find a quality brand that clearly helps. There seems to be no question that CBD oil can shut down seizures but some standardization & quality control needs to be established. Maintaining a regular dosage is very important.

Do you use CBD Oil to manage epilepsy? If so, I’d like to hear your story.

CEO Olivia

Our Purple Day Tribute to Canine Epi-Warriors

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Tomorrow, March 26th is Purple Day, a global movement to raise epilepsy awareness. Over the past year, we have collected many photos of Canine Epi-Warriors that we have met through social media. We have made a short video montage of these brave souls. Some are still fighting the epi-monster while sadly, others have fallen.

Please show your support by showing your ‘Purple’ tomorrow.  We invite you to share your pics with us.  You can email knottytoys4gooddogs@gmail.com or paw our Facebook page.  We will be putting together a page to honor all Canine Epi Warriors.  To all that live with epilepsy I send you my mantra, “Stay strong & seizure free!”.

CEO Olivia

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We are having our first giveaway in celebration of Purple Day. We will be awarding the winner with a Free Knotty Chaw-Chaw. Free shipping included!

The winner will be announced on March 27th. Just follow the link below. Good luck to all who enter.

Knotty Toys for Good Dogs’ Purple Day Giveaway

 

Seizure Alert/Response Dogs

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While researching epilepsy I was surprised to learn that approximately fifteen percent of dogs are able to predict seizures before they occur. On average, these predictions or alerts are made 10-20 minutes before the seizure, giving the person with the seizure disorder an opportunity to move to a safe place, take medication, call for help, or notify friends or family of the impending seizure.

No one really knows how these dogs are able to detect when a seizure is about to occur. There are two theories. first, that the dog is able to smell minute changes in the person’s biochemistry, possibly in their blood chemistry or second, that they are able to detect fine motor changes imperceptible to humans. Regardless of how, this behavior naturally occurs in some dogs.

Other dogs, called seizure response dogs, are trained to perform tasks during or following a seizure to assist the owner. These tasks may include rolling the person to create an open airway, clearing vomit from the mouth, operating a call button or k9 phone, blocking the person with postictal disorientation from stairs & intersections, helping the person to rise, helping with postictal balance issues, or guiding the disoriented person to a preset location or person. Because these response tasks are so useful, most seizure alert dogs are also trained in response work. These dual seizure dogs are called “seizure alert/response dogs”.

I want to share a video with you of a seizure response dog named Poppy at work. Poppy gave her huMom Shannon a fifteen minute warning of this seizure starting. Shannon then got herself to a safe place & set up her camera. Poppy licks her mouth excessively for two reasons. First to help Shannon come around quicker and second to lick away excess saliva to help prevent her choking.

But I must warn you that some may find this upsetting to watch so please use discretion. Seeing someone have a seizure is never easy to witness.

CEO Olivia

Visit our Shop

We are having our first giveaway in celebration of Purple Day. We will be awarding the winner with a Free Knotty Chaw-Chaw. Free shipping included!

The winner will be announced on March 27th. Just follow the link below. Good luck to all who enter.

Knotty Toys for Good Dogs’ Purple Day Giveaway