Epilepsy Talk

Coronavirus (COVID-19) — How To Get Instant Care

March 30, 2020
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You wake up and you’re feeling crummy. You have a fever. You may be coughing. But because of the Coronavirus, your physician isn’t available. You panic. In most states, you cannot even be tested for COVID-19.

It takes between 2 and 14 days for a newly infected person to start showing symptoms.

After symptoms begin to show, it can take more than a week for them to be eligible for testing (many people are not eligible at all).

And then, thanks to backlogs in testing availability, it can take days for them to learn they tested positive.

Maybe you should go to Urgent Care. But they’re so overloaded, they might turn you away.

Emergency rooms won’t accept you unless you’re have a very high temperature and having trouble breathing.

That’s when they will take you and put you on a ventilator. But what happens in between? Panic or medical care from an unexpected source?


Seniors — Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy or Seizures?

March 13, 2020
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The question of whether a person has epilepsy or Alzheimer’s can be a tough one.

Take those “senior moments” — memory lapses, zoning out and other temporary confusion.  These seemingly harmless incidents may actually be a sign of epilepsy.  Roughly 1-2 percent of seniors develop epilepsy — and that rate is rising.

But experts at the U.S. National Council on Aging warn that often epilepsy goes undetected in seniors.


What’s Really In Your Meds?

March 10, 2020
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“As Americans become more concerned about quality issues with prescription medications made abroad, one company is trying to offer an additional layer of reassurance — by doing chemical analysis before dispensing drugs to patients…”


The Coronavirus — What Does It Mean For You?

March 7, 2020
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Did you know that most of the components of our meds come from China and India? 

“Many over-the-counter and generic drugs [PDF] sold in the United States are made in China, including antidepressants, HIV/AIDS medications, birth control pills, chemotherapy treatments, and medicines for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease

Health officials have warned that the coronavirus outbreak could lead to drug shortages.

However, U.S. consumers should not panic. But they have reasons to be vigilant…”


Generics: Important Statement From The American Academy Of Neurology

March 6, 2020
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Please read this article. It’s from those who know best and truly have OUR interests at heart!


Death, Depression and AEDs

March 3, 2020
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“Suicide Risk from 11 Anti-Epilepsy Drugs,” headlines blared across the country.

But we’re still here.

Was it sensationalism by the journalists, irresponsibility by the pharmaceutical industry or laxness of the FDA?


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.


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?


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.


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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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