Epilepsy Talk

Autoimmune Epilepsy — Cause of Previously Unexplained Seizures?

March 10, 2020
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Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are the mainstay of treatment for epilepsy, but seizures continue in one-third of patients despite appropriate AED therapeutic trials.

Even in the current era, the etiology of epilepsy often remains unclear.

Some patients with unexplained partial seizures which are medication resistant may have “autoimmune epilepsy” — epilepsy characterized by autoimmune antibodies.

Although autoimmune epilepsy is still rare, it’s become an increasingly recognized cause of epilepsy, which might have been previously thought to be of unknown cause.


Here’s The Difference Between Coronavirus And Flu Symptoms

March 9, 2020
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There may be an epidemic of the Cornovirus, but there seems to be a pandemic of panic.

COVID-19 and the flu present in similar ways. This is how you can tell them apart.


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!


BIG Pharma’s Outsized Profits and Lobbying Spend

March 4, 2020
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You want to talk about putting your money where your mouth is. That’s exactly what BIG Pharma is doing. Egregious price gorging to gain power in the marketplace and politics.


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?


Bullied Because of Epilepsy…

February 29, 2020
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Like lions, they smell the difference…

Like hawks, they sweep down on you…

And like hyenas, they laugh and eat your heart out.


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.


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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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