How Medications Work after Brain Injury

How Medications Work after Brain Injury

Peter Patrick, Ph.D.
Information guide helps families, survivors and clinicians understand the effects of an head injury to the brain and reactions to medications after head trauma. Gives tips for discussing medication with a physician when a person has a TBI. 
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Guide for understanding how medications work when the brain has been injured. Information explains how an injury to the brain can affect nerve cells, receptors and neurotransmitters. Describes the body’s reactions to medications and how the body absorbs, eliminates, metabolizes, and distributes medications. Summarizes recent research on just how medications can affect a person after a brain injury.

Pages 8
Year 2006


Peter Patrick, Ph.D.

Dr. Patrick is a neuropsychologist and former director of Learning Services/Mid-Atlantic Region, a brain-injury rehabilitation center located in Manassas, Virginia. He has been working with brain-injured patients and their families since 1982. Dr. Patrick is highly regarded in the field of brain-injury rehabilitation and has a personal interest in it as his daughter, Erin, has been living with a brain injury since childhood. Erin has far exceeded recovery expectations and has graduated from college. Dr. Patrick remains active in the rehabilitation community



This tip card helps individuals, families and clinicians...

  • understand  effects of an injury to the brain
  • identify reactions to medications
  • discuss medication with a physician

Medications for Psychological Recovery

Inside Your Brain

Your Brain After an Injury

Restoring the Balance

The Body’s Reaction to Medication

  • Absorption
  • Elimination and Metabolism
  • Distribution

Effects on the Brain and Body

  • Medication therapeutic effects

How Medications Affect Nerve Cells and Neurotransmitters

Medication Side Effects

Medication Interactions

  • Tips for lessons learned



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Why Take Medication?

Medications can be used after a brain injury to help with physical, medical, emotional, psychological and cognitive challenges. When considering or taking any medications for psychological or physical conditions, it is important for individuals and family members to learn about use, side effects and interactions. After brain injury, many people use medication because of physical changes such as spasticity in muscles, changes in balance, pain or seizures.

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