Tucson Morning Blend

Actions

More Americans are affected by epilepsy than ever before

Posted at 12:27 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 14:27:25-05

Breakthrough convulsive seizures come with significant risks. It's time to do more. Convulsive seizures that continue to "break through" even while you're on prescription treatment. Managing epilepsy is an everyday thing—but lapses can happen. Although breakthrough seizures can occur for many reasons, a significant number of people reported experiencing seizures—including convulsive seizures—after missing a dose.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Not everyone reaches the goal of seizure freedom—but it's important to try
  • Even having fewer breakthrough seizures may lessen their impact on your life

WHAT YOU CAN DO Breakthrough seizures due to missed doses are facts of life for many people with epilepsy, but there are steps you can take:

Speak with your treatment team.
Ask your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional about strategies for keeping your treatment on track, including what your medication options may be.
Talk to friends and family.
The important people in your life can help you manage your treatment better and avoid missing a dose.
Use technology.
Digital medication trackers, alarms and calendar alerts can help prevent you from missing a dose.
Click here for more information.