How do medications treat diffuse brain injuries?

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Medications are not used to treat diffuse brain injury - a type of traumatic brain injury - but they can be used to prevent further brain damage and seizures. Since swelling is often the result of traumatic brain injuries, diuretics may be administered intravenously. Diuretics are drugs that lessen the quantity of fluid in tissue, and therefore reduce swelling. Traumatic brain injuries can also increase the risk of seizures. To prevent seizures, anti-seizure medications be given for the first week after the injury.

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