Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)

4th June 2018

SUDEP is a fatal complication of epilepsy and is defined by death with no obvious cause. The average of premature deaths is higher in people with epilepsy and the reason is still uncertain, although strongly linked to seizures, particularly tonic-clonic seizures. One theory is that seizures can affect the heart rate or breathing rhythm of…

Read more

Category: Uncategorised

Toothbrush epilepsy – how brushing your teeth can trigger a seizure

24th May 2018

In our recent blog post we discussed common and uncommon triggers for epilepsy, however, one of the rarer triggers is the action of brushing the teeth - toothbrush epilepsy. It’s exactly as it sounds, seizures triggered by the simple act of brushing your teeth. It was an Australian research team who first described the possibility…

Read more

Category: Uncategorised

Some common and uncommon triggers for epilepsy seizures

16th May 2018

A trigger is something that often causes a person with epilepsy to have a seizure. This can vary from person to person and there are many things that may act as a trigger for a person with epilepsy. Part of learning to live with epilepsy is to figure out what things may trigger seizures in…

Read more

Category: Uncategorised

How to stay safe in the bathroom with epilepsy

8th May 2018

For most people, the bathroom might not seem a particularly dangerous place, however, for those with epilepsy it can be extremely hazardous. It’s essential the precautions are taken to ensure people with epilepsy remain safe whilst using bathroom facilities, especially whilst bathing. If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy then…

Read more

Category: Uncategorised

Types of epilepsy seizures

3rd May 2018

Epilepsy seizures are caused by electrical disturbances in the brain. There are various types of epilepsy seizures, a sudden burst of electrical activity that arises in the brain, it depends which part of the brain the seizure arises from as to how the seizure presents itself. Anybody can have a single seizure, however this is…

Read more

Category: Uncategorised

MHRA bans sodium valproate medications (Epilim) for women “of childbearing potential”

25th April 2018

On the 24th March 2018, The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has banned prescriptions for medicines that contain sodium valproate for women who could potentially become pregnant. These medicines are often used to treat epilepsy and are more commonly known by their brand names, which include Epilim, Epilim Chrono, Epilim Chronosphere MR, Episenta…

Read more

Category: Uncategorised