Epilepsy Talk

How are your meds affecting you?

April 29, 2021
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They’re necessary, but not necessarily nice.

And every med has its own side-effect. 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…


Anti-Epilepsy Drugs and Osteoporosis – It’s Not Just a Women’s Disease

February 24, 2021
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A research team consisting of epilepsy specialists and epidemiologists (persons who study the causes and control of diseases) reports on a study that answered an important but simple question:

Do anti-seizure drugs cause reductions in bone density?

Why ask this question?


32% of Epilepsy Cases are Secretly Caused by This…

February 16, 2021
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Touch your neck, right above your collarbone, and you’ll find a little gland called your thyroid. 

It only weighs an ounce, yet this thyroid’s hormones control your metabolism.

When those hormones are balanced, everything is fine.

But if your thyroid makes just a little less or more than you need…it could cause havoc, both with how you function and the effectiveness of your AEDs.


Epilepsy Drug Side-Effects…

April 22, 2020
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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.

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


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?


Calcium — Friend or Foe?

June 16, 2013
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After talking to a famous epileptologist, I learned that calcium is really a two-edged sword. Which surprised (and scared) me.

I’ve always read that calcium was imperative if you were taking antiepilepsy drugs — especially Dilantin. Even if your doc “forgot” to tell you!

Speaking of which, a survey found that fewer than one-third of neurologists routinely evaluated AED patients for bone disease. And fewer than 10% prescribed Calcium and Vitamin D.


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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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