Iranian researchers have developed a drug to treat epilepsy using three types of medicinal herbs.
Project manager Reza Mazloum Farsibaf said the newly-developed medicine can be used for the “final and definitive treatment” of the disease while other drugs currently used to cure epilepsy are coupled with some challenges.
He told ISNA that some of the medicines prescribed should be used by patients for a long time while they have side effects, including extreme somnolence, permanent tensions, and severe physical damage.
“So, the drugs developed to treat this disease in the world have not led to the complete treatment of the disease, so far,” he said.
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He said research shows that taking the newly-developed herbal drug for 6 to 12 months and stopping the use of chemical medicines result in the final treatment of the disease.
According to the senior researcher, surveys have also shown that patients which needed surgery were cured after taking the medicine.
He said the drug has gone through the stage of tests on animals, adding its clinical tests are being carried out at a hospital under the supervision of the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.