Amber Pharmacy’s Neurology Center of Excellence offers personalized patient care, access to needed medications and the clinical support necessary to promote medication adherence and compliance for patients with neurological conditions like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
Each neurology patient is assigned a healthcare team. This team has extensive experience with patients with neurological conditions and provides support for the clinical, physical, financial, educational and emotional needs of patients and their caregivers.
Amber Pharmacy is Here to Help
To make managing a neurological condition easier for you, Amber Pharmacy’s patient care specialists and benefit coordinators will help you with your insurance coverage and will work with you to find the best way to pay for your medication. Personal care coordinators will remind you when it’s time to refill your medication so you receive the most effective treatment possible. Our team also has experts in neurological conditions and will help you with your treatment—including how to take your medication and manage side effects. At Amber Pharmacy, we’re always here to help.
“At Amber Pharmacy, we work to ensure patients and caregivers are active and engaged in their health-related decisions. We do more than simply dispense medication; we guide and empower patients and caregivers throughout their treatment journey.”
— Kelli Wyant, Pharm.D., CSP
Frequently Asked Questions about Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures.
A seizure is a short, sudden change in normal brain activity. It usually affects how a person appears or acts, and can cause a person to shake, fall and/or lose awareness of one’s surroundings. They can last from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the type of seizure.
Epilepsy can be caused by a variety of conditions that affect a person’s brain, including stroke, head injury, infection, a brain tumor, or some other underlying genetic influence. For 2 in 3 patients, the cause is unknown. When the cause of a seizure is unknown it is called idiopathic or cryptogenic.
For many patients, medication can be very effective. Anti-seizure drugs can limit the spread of seizures in the brain, or even eliminate them all together. Finding the right medication and dosage can be complicated, and doctors consider many factors, including age, physical condition and frequency of seizures before selecting which drugs to prescribe.
For patients who do not respond to medication, surgery may be an option. This is usually done when tests show that the seizures originate in a small, well-defined area of the brain, and that surgery will not affect other critical brain functions.
When surgery is not possible, therapies such as vagus nerve stimulation or deep brain stimulation can be beneficial. This is when an implanted device delivers electrical pulses to the brain or nerves. Also, research shows that a ketogenic diet, which is a high fat, low carb diet, can provide some seizure control.
Patients can do many things to help keep their epilepsy under control. First, learn to recognize seizure triggers, such as bright or flashing lights, and keep a record of seizures. Also, maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting plenty of rest and minimizing stress.
The most important tip is to always take medication as prescribed by your doctor, and talk to your doctor or pharmacist when you have questions. Amber Pharmacy works with patients to answer questions, and identify and manage any side effects that may occur. In the majority of cases, patients can lead active, normal lives.
Frequently Asked Questions about Multiple Sclerosis
MS is a lifelong disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves in the eyes. Normally, the immune system checks the body for things that can make you ill, like bacteria and unhealthy cells. When someone has MS, the body believes the nerve tissue is bad when it’s healthy. This results in the myelin, or protective cover over the nerves, to be destroyed. When myelin is damaged, the brain has trouble sending messages to the rest of the body. When the myelin is under attack, it is known as a flare. If a flare is not stopped, permanent damage can occur. After the flare has stopped, sometimes patients will return to their previous function, other times, the symptoms will remain.
Since MS damages the central nervous system, almost anything can be affected. Each MS patient is unique and will have their own set of symptoms in varying degrees of severity, but common symptoms include:
- Trouble with vision
- Change in sensation
- Trouble with movement
These symptoms may vary widely with each patient. Sometimes these symptoms can disappear (especially after starting treatment) or they may persist if significant damage has occurred. MS is a chronic disease that can be managed but there is no cure.
The cause of MS is unknown but scientists believe it’s caused by a few different things. MS can be caused by certain cells in the immune system. Your environment may play a part in your chances of having MS. For example, studies show that smoking and low Vitamin D levels increase the risk of having MS. Having a close relative with MS, like a parent or sibling, or having a certain ethnic background may increase your risk of having the disease.
After being diagnosed with MS, it’s important to be proactive about your health. Medication may help reduce the number of MS relapses, or attacks, and improve the symptoms caused by MS. There are several medications that treat MS. Talk to your healthcare provider about which medication is best for you. To feel your best, it’s important you continue taking your medication, even when you feel normal.
Rehabilitation may also help you manage the symptoms of MS. By working with a rehabilitation specialist, you can learn how to manage your symptoms both at home and at work. Rehabilitation may also help with speech problems and memory issues.
Alternative medicine, like taking supplements or practicing meditation may also help manage MS symptoms. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any supplements you take to make sure it doesn’t cause problems with your medication.
Side effects from MS medications can vary. Amber Pharmacy works with patients to help manage any side effects that occur. It’s important to discuss any side effects that you experience with your pharmacist or doctor early.
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