Managing Your Seizures

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Reducing the number of seizures you are having will help to lessen the risk of seizure-related injury or death. There are a number of things you can do to help:

See your doctor

Annual reviews with your epilepsy specialist are highly recommended, especially if your seizures are not controlled. It may need to be more frequent than this in some situations.

This is a good opportunity to ask questions about how you can best manage your seizures. Be honest with your doctor so your treatment can be adjusted if needed.

Getting medication right 

Antiepileptic medication is the most effective way to control seizures for most people. Some types of epilepsy respond better to certain medications. With an accurate diagnosis doctors can prescribe the most appropriate medication to best help reduce your seizures.

If you continue to have seizures, make another appointment or ask to be referred to an epilepsy specialist (if you don’t already see one) for a review of your diagnosis and treatment options.Epilepsy Treatment

Medication side effects 

Antiepileptic medication may cause unwanted side effects. Often people find these side effects are worse when starting the medication and lessen over time.

Unfortunately unwanted side effects may influence some people to stop taking their medication without seeing the doctor. This can be dangerous and cause seizures which may be more severe or lengthy, or in some cases result in death.

If you have unwanted side effects that you find intolerable, let your doctor know as there may be other options you can try or changes that can be made – to give you a better balance between seizure control and side effects.

See more information about treatment options here.

Knowing & avoiding triggers 

Sometimes you may be aware that specific events or circumstances are more likely to cause your seizures. These are usually called seizure triggers, and recognising these triggers can help you to reduce or even avoid seizures.

Triggers may include lack of sleep, stress, physical fatigue, missing medication, alcohol or poor health. There are more individualised triggers for some people.

Seizures can also be triggered by rapid changes in medication, changing to a new medication or if you forget to take your medication.

Understanding your triggers can help control of your seizures and help keep yourself safer. Keeping a seizure diary can help with identifying seizure triggers.

Some seizure triggers are listed here.

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