Epilepsy Talk

Prescription Switching. Do You Know What You’re REALLY Getting?

February 23, 2020
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How many times have you had a prescription switched without your knowledge or permission?

Not just switched to a generic version of the prescribed drug, but to a different drug altogether.

Yet the practice of swapping out medications is perfectly legal in most states.


At Walgreens and CVS, Complaints of Medication Errors Go Missing

February 22, 2020
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In Oklahoma, a State Board of Pharmacy released a complaint against a CVS pharmacy regarding a medication error made last year. The board took the rare step of citing the pharmacy in addition to the pharmacist involved in the error.

The Oklahoma board cited inadequate staffing in its investigation of the mistake, which involved a young man who received only one-fourth of his prescribed dose of anticonvulsant medication, according to the complaint.


Other Voices — Other Lives

February 20, 2020
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“There were times I asked myself,
‘Is life really worth living?’
Suicide, now there’s a thought,
But would God be forgiving?”
Ed L.


What’s the worst accident you’ve ever had?

February 18, 2020
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The worst accident I ever had was the one that caused my seizures.

I was at an ice rink, speed skating, when some jerk put his foot out. (A real funny joke.)

Into the boards I went, flying over the ice…


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Natural Herbal Remedies for Epilepsy

February 15, 2020
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Long before Dilantin and Phenobarbital, there was epilepsy. And herbal remedies.

Of course, these herbal epilepsy remedies are NOT substitutes to anti-seizure medications, but are more like a supplementary support. Most of them work by preventing a seizure and other symptoms of epilepsy.

(NYU Langone Medical Center estimates that 20 percent of people taking prescription drugs also use herbs.)

Some may sound weird and others familiar. But hey, how can you argue with success?


Breaking News from NPR…

February 11, 2020
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Will that antidepressant work for you?

The answer may be in your brain waves…


Anti-Epilepsy Drugs Lose Effectiveness Over Time…

February 9, 2020
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It may be the dose prescribed…the type of epilepsy you have…even something as simple as your age or weight.

But research shows that, over time, the effectiveness of your anti-epilepsy drug may decline.


New Epilepsy Diagnosis — Now What?

February 6, 2020
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You’re scared. Who wouldn’t be? 
The docs. There are lots of terrific ones. 
The tests. They can actually help to correctly diagnose your epilepsy.
I’ll die. Not very likely. 
My life is over. No, it’s not, but it will change…


A BIG Mistake…

February 4, 2020
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I know it’s happened to many of you, but this is the first time for me.

I forgot to take my nighttime meds.


Memory Tips You (Hopefully) Won’t Forget!

February 1, 2020
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I have a confession to make.

I was the queen of “Post-Its”. I had Post-Its on tables, counters, walls, doors. I don’t know how I lived without them.

I guess, in the “old” days, I was the same with lists. Many lists. And way too much Scotch Tape.

Factoid: The man who invented Post-Its was an employee at 3M (also the maker of Scotch Tape) who went to his boss with a bright new idea.

I don’t know if he got a raise, but he gets no royalties. Just my undying admiration and thanks.

Anyway, short of taking stock in 3M, here are some other suggestions…


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    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    Phylis Feiner Johnson

    I've been a professional copywriter for over 35 years. I also had epilepsy for decades. My mission is advocacy; to increase education, awareness and funding for epilepsy research. Together, we can make a huge difference. If not changing the world, at least helping each other, with wisdom, compassion and sharing.

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