Epilepsy Talk

Colds, Flu and You…

June 4, 2017
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With all the colds and flu going around, it’s not easy to figure out which medications which are safe to take.

Obviously, the best way to manage medication interactions is to avoid medications that are known to cause problems.

A few medicines that you pick up off the shelf at the drug store can potentially increase the frequency of seizures in people with epilepsy, or even cause first-time seizures.


In Case of Emergency — New Solutions

May 26, 2017
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Here are some methods to stop a seizure in its tracks. Or shorten one. And some help relieve you of the dreaded after-effects. Possibilities you might not have known about…especially the new nasal sprays.


Sex and Epilepsy — The Ultimate Challenge

May 8, 2017
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It’s the $64,000 question.

Can I have sex with epilepsy, all the AEDs, and side-effects?

The answer is yes.

If you’re willing to be flexible.


28 New Epilepsy Medicines In Development

April 17, 2017
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A newly-released report from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has revealed that 28 new medications are in development to treat epilepsy and seizures.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

These 28 new drugs are among nearly 420 new ground-breaking medicines in progress to treat neurological disorders.


Where’s The Funding? Epilepsy As An Orphan

April 12, 2017
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There are 200,000 new cases of epilepsy each year, and a total of more than 3 million Americans are affected by it.

Yet, public and private funding for epilepsy research lags far behind other neurological afflictions, at $35 a patient (compared, for instance, with $129 for Alzheimer’s and $280 for multiple sclerosis).


Brain Surgery Alternatives

March 24, 2017
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“It’s not brain surgery.” And it doesn’t have to be.

There are a host of epilepsy procedures that are minimally invasive.

For example…


FREE Prescription Drugs

March 17, 2017
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With drugs costs and insurance costs rising every day, it’s often difficult to get the meds you need. Below is a guide to no-cost or low-cost prescription programs. Pass the word along…


Stevens-Johnson Syndrome — a danger for those on Dilantin or Lamictal

March 10, 2017
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This article is not for those with a weak stomach. Because Stevens-Johnson Syndrome is an ugly and sometimes deadly disease.

But if you are on Dilantin or Lamictal, I urge you to read this information.


Anti-Epilepsy Drugs Lose Effectiveness Over Time…

March 2, 2017
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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.


Beyond EEGs — Diagnostic Tools for Epilepsy

February 23, 2017
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How many of us have heard: “Your EEG is normal. You’re fine..”(“It’s all in your head?”)

I know of people who have had 5 EEGs, only to be properly diagnosed when they finally had Video EEG Monitoring.

So if someone is trying to pass you off or is ignoring your symptoms, perhaps you should become a little more familiar with your diagnostic options…


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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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