A seizure can turn your world upside down
A seizure can turn your world upside down




What is a breakthrough seizure?

A breakthrough seizure is one that occurs even though you’re taking your daily antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) as directed. Even well-controlled patients can’t predict when a seizure will occur, how long it will last, or if another one is coming.

When does a breakthrough seizure require treatment?

  • If a seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, it may become a medical emergency

  • Cluster seizures (seizures coming close together) may require rescue treatment

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Has the unpredictability of seizures ever made you feel anxious or out of control?

What may cause a breakthrough seizure?

There are many possible causes, or "triggers," for breakthrough seizures. These include:

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Internal triggers

  • Emotional stress
  • Irregular sleep
  • Illness
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Medication causes

  • AEDs no longer effective
  • AEDs not taken as directed
  • Skipped dose of AED
  • Effectiveness of AEDs reduced by other medicine
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External triggers

  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Use of recreational drugs
  • Flashing or flickering lights
  • TV or video games
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Hormonal changes

  • Puberty
  • Menses
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause

Sometimes the cause of a seizure cannot be determined.

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Talk to your healthcare provider about being prepared for seizures

How seizures may impact your life

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Epilepsy impacts quality of life. Among people with epilepsy, 34% report mood disorder, 23% anxiety, and 17% major depressive disorder.

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A year-long study found that treatment in the ER may cost as much as $17,126 per episode.

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Frequent seizures make it difficult to attend work or school. Nearly 40% of people with epilepsy report challenges at work.

The fear of having seizures can be overwhelming, and can lead to a loss of self-confidence.
"Seizure worry" may prevent some people from having a social life or enjoying activities outside the home.

Having a seizure action plan along with an on-hand seizure rescue treatment may help turn your world right-side up again

In one study, only 30% of patients reported having a seizure action plan. Do you have one?

Courtesy of the Epilepsy Foundation

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