Chronic Disease Series: Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder disrupts the brain’s nerve cell activity inducing a seizure. An estimated 150,000 Americans live with epilepsy each year. If you’ve spoken with your doctor about your symptoms, then it’s important to manage your illness with seizure medication.
If you have a seizure that lasts more than five minutes, lose consciousness, or experience a second seizure immediately following the first, it’s important to get medical attention quickly. Epileptic seizures spark reactions that range from mild to severe. Minor responses include inattention and prolonged blank states, whereas intense lack of joint control or loss of consciousness characterize intense symptoms.
Tegretol, also known as Carbamazepine, is an anticonvulsant that mitigates nerve pains. It halts seizures by moderating brain activity. Zarontin is another popular anti-seizure medication. This type of medication halts abnormal activity in the brain, which can typically spark a seizure. Felbatol and Gabitril are two other popular anti-epileptic drugs that help to moderate the brain’s nerve cell activity.
If you are living with epilepsy, make sure to take your medication reliably, exercise regularly, and rest properly. It’s also important to wear a medical bracelet. Educate your housemates on how to handle a seizure: Roll onto one side, place something soft under your head, and never restrict movement.
It’s possible to comfortably live with epilepsy, but many forms of epilepsy require the support of regular medication. If you are having difficulty affording your medications, reach out to the Simplefill team. We advocate for your right to access the affordable prescriptions that enable you to live a healthy life. Explore what options we can offer you and apply today.