Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “MY HEAD SPINS to remember about Drugs Causing Seizures


M – Mefloquine: Mefloquine is an antimalarial drug that can induce seizures in some individuals.

Y – Yohimbine: Yohimbine, an alkaloid derived from the Yohimbe tree, can trigger seizures, especially in high doses.

H – Haloperidol: Haloperidol, an antipsychotic medication, may lead to seizures as a rare side effect.

E – Efavirenz: Efavirenz, a medication used in HIV treatment, is associated with an increased risk of seizures.

A – Albuterol: Albuterol, a common bronchodilator, can cause seizures in rare cases.

D – Dextroamphetamine: Dextroamphetamine, a stimulant often used to treat ADHD, can lower the seizure threshold.

S – Strychnine: Strychnine, a potent poison, is notorious for causing seizures as one of its toxic effects.

P – Penicillin: Penicillin antibiotics, particularly high-dose intravenous formulations, can trigger seizures.

I – Isoniazid: Isoniazid, used in tuberculosis treatment, can lead to seizures, especially with overdose.

N – Nitrofurantoin: Nitrofurantoin, an antibiotic, has been associated with seizures in some cases.

S – Salicylates: High doses of salicylates, such as aspirin, can lead to seizures, especially in overdose.

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Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department