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How do medications treat encephalitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Serious cases of viral encephalitis are often treated with antiviral drugs, but some cases do not respond to these medications. Antibiotics are used to treat cases caused by bacterial infections. Drugs are also used to boost the immune system in HIV related cases. Symptoms of encephalitis, such as pain, fever and seizures, may be treated using medications.

Infectious encephalitis is treated by getting rid of the germs that caused it. There are different medicines for different germs. If the person has seizures, there are medicines for those, too. Medicines for autoimmune encephalitis help reduce the inflammation by stopping the immune system from attacking the brain.

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