April 24, 2019 — Seizures may be a side effect of vaping and using e-cigarettes, according to a new warning from the FDA.
There are 35 reports of e-cigarette users who suffered seizures between 2010 and early 2019, according to the FDA. Most of the reports involve young people who had no history of seizures.
It is possible that additional cases of seizures were not reported. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned:
“While 35 cases may not seem like much compared to the total number of people using e-cigarettes, we are nonetheless concerned.”
Seizures are known to be a side effect of nicotine toxicity. They have been reported in connection with people who intentionally or accidentally swallowed nicotine-containing e-liquids, the FDA said.
The reports include first-time users of e-cigarettes, as well as experienced users. Some reports also involve the use of substances such as marijuana or amphetamines.
A seizure is caused by sudden, abnormal electrical brain activity. The symptoms usually include uncontrollable whole-body shaking, but a person who is having a seizure may also fall down, seem to stare into space for a few seconds, or stop moving.
Vapes and e-cigarettes are also linked to severe side effects in the lungs, such as bronchiolitis obliterans (“Popcorn Lung”). This disease causes permanent scarring in the tiny air-sacs of the lungs, with progressive narrowing of the airway and difficulty breathing over time.
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