Epilepsy Talk

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.


Antidepressants and Epilepsy

April 24, 2016
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For a long time, depression was thought to be a complication of epilepsy.

“People with a history of depression have a 3 to 7 times higher risk of developing epilepsy,” said Dr. Andres Kanner, a specialist on epilepsy at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. “This kind of information is forcing us to take a second look at the interaction between depression and epilepsy.”


How are your meds affecting you?

January 24, 2015
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They’re necessary, but not necessarily nice. And every med has its own side-effects. Just as different people experience different difficulties. Here‘s the low-down on the possible side-effects of your drugs and others. Some might sound painfully familiar…


What do Stevie Nicks and Whitney Houston Have In Common?

June 1, 2014
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Seventies-era rock star Stevie Nicks is the poster girl for the perils of Klonopin addiction.

Whitney Houston ‘s death at 48, has raised the specter that she was taking Xanax (alprazolam) at the time she died.

What both situations have in common is that they were taking drugs in the benzodiazepine family.

And when it comes to prescription drugs that are able to destroy you, it’s hard to top the benzodiazepines.


Epilepsy Drug Side-Effects

October 27, 2013
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Every med has its own side-effects. Just as different people experience different difficulties.

But here‘s the low-down on the possible side-effects.

I hope you don’t have to suffer any of them. (Or as few as possible.)


Nocturnal Seizures — A Living Nightmare

March 18, 2013
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When I was young, in the middle of the night, I’d have these horrible seizures.

I’d wake upright with the inside of my head spinning at about 100 miles per hour.

Clutching my head, I’d tear at my hair — anything to make it stop.

And eventually it did. And I slipped back to sleep. Terrified. Wondering when the next one would hit…


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    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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