Controlling Seizures

Epilepsy affects different people in different ways so everyone’s experience of living with epilepsy is different.

For many people anti-epileptic drugs and lifestyle changes can mean their seizures are well controlled and have little impact on their day to day lives. For others, their seizures may take longer to respond to treatment or not respond at all. For these people more support will be needed to help with work, school or daily life.

Taking epilepsy medicine

It is very important that you take the medicine prescribed to you by your GP or epilepsy specialist every day to maintain control of your seizures.

If you are experiencing unpleasant side effects, you should talk to your doctor who may offer an alternative medicine or ways to manage the side effects. Skipping or stopping medications could lead to seizures. Eventually you may be able to stop taking your medication if you have been seizure free for some time, but this will be done gradually under medical supervision.

Identifying and avoiding epileptic seizure triggers

Noting epilepsy triggers

Possible triggers include alcohol, lack of sleep, missed meals, feeling unwell, hormonal changes (such as having a period), missing a dose of epilepsy medicine or changing epilepsy medicine.

Making a note of possible triggers in an epilepsy diary may help you to understand what triggers your seizures and help you to find ways to avoid those triggers.

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