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- Symptoms include problems with memory.
In addition to memory loss experienced after a seizure (people tend to black out during their seizures and have acute memory loss shortly after), certain antiseizure drugs can also affect your memory.
- Epilepsy affects women differently.
Fluctuating hormones can trigger seizures in women. In addition, various seizure medications can interfere with birth control, cause reproductive issues and some can increase the risk of birth defects. This is not to say that women with epilepsy cannot have healthy babies; they can and they do all the time. But it’s a concern that should be addressed with your neurologist.
- The epilepsy treatment motto is “No seizures, no side effects”.
When it comes to treating epilepsy, the goal is to find a treatment plan that minimizes or eliminates seizures and causes no harmful side effects. Which means you need to be totally honest about every symptom you or your child experiences. Even if you don’t think it’s a big deal, it might be a sign that the medication isn’t working properly.