Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who might be affected by epilepsy?

Epilepsy can start at any age, but it is usually seen in children or people over the age of 60. Often it affects a person their whole life but, in some cases, gets slowly better with time.

How many people are affected by epilepsy in the UK and Ireland?

Over 500,000 people in the UK, including nearly 40,000 people in Ireland, have Epilepsy.

Is there a cure for epilepsy?

While drug treatment can help control seizures in about 70% of people, it is not a cure for epilepsy. Surgery or implanted devices can be offered to help prevent seizures if medication is not effective.

How is epilepsy treated?

Epilepsy can usually be treated with medication or lifestyle changes such as a specialised diet. In some cases, an implanted device or surgery may be recommended if other treatments are not effective.

Are there different types of epilepsy?

Epilepsy can affect each person in different ways. Depending on what part of the brain is involved, the seizures can lead to periods of shaking, collapsing, blank stares or sudden, brief jerking.

Can I still have children if I have epilepsy?

You can still get pregnant if you have epilepsy. However, you should talk to your epilepsy specialist who can give you advice on how to manage the pregnancy and decide if you will need any adjustments to your medication.

How might epilepsy affect my daily life?

You can still live a normal life with epilepsy; however, you may have to stop driving if you have had a seizure. While you can still work in most careers and travel, you may need to take some precautionary steps to keep yourself safe.