EPILEPSY

CAUSES – For the most part, it is unknown the cause of epilepsy; but genetically, it can be traced to birth trauma, lead poisoning, congenital brain infection, head injury, and alcohol and drug addiction.  Certain chemicals, foods, flashing lights, menstruation, over-the-counter medications, and some prescription drugs can bring on an attack.

TREATMENT – Epilepsy can be controlled with medication such as phenytoin, Phenobarbital, valproic acid, carbamazepine, and gabapentin.  Most people that suffer with epilepsy wear a Medic Alert bracelet.  This will allow others know what is happening to the individual during a seizure attack.

PREVENTION – The seizures may be related to another medical condition, if so, identification and treatment of that medical condition is important to prevention. If your doctor prescribed an anticonvulsant medication, you should take the medication on the recommended schedule and not miss any dosage.

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