Guide to Medications after Brain Injury


Peter Patrick, Ph.D.
Medications can affect children and adults differently after a brain injury. They can help treat some effects of brain trauma. This tip card helps families, caregivers and clinicians understand reasons for using some medications along with possible benefits and side effects. It is helpful for discussions with your physician.

Certain medications can help treat emotional and psychological changes after a brain injury. They can also help improve cognitive abilities. But medications require careful supervision by a physician experienced in brain trauma for use, dosage and results.

This tip card gives tips on how to talk about medication with your doctor, manage side effects and avoid drug interactions. It provides a checklist for survivors and families to use before beginning medication to treat the consequences of brain injury.

Pages 8
Year 2008, second printing