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Epilepsy - Good To Know Facts!

Dr. Kunal Jadhav 88% (11 ratings)
DM - Neurology, MD - General Medicine
Neurologist, Pune
Epilepsy - Good To Know Facts!

Epilepsy is a neurological disease which is characterised by recurring epileptic seizures. These seizures can be brief or can persist for prolonged periods. Vigorous episodes which last long can result in physical injuries such as broken bones. Mention that 6th February is International epilepsy day.

Causes of Epilepsy

The cause of this condition isn’t very evident; however, most medical practitioners attribute epileptic seizures to brain injury, tumours, infections in the brain or birth defects. Some doctors believe that epilepsy is caused due to genetic mutations and is an outcome of abnormal activity of cells in the brain. Other causes for this condition can be alcohol or narcotics withdrawal and electrolyte problems.

Symptoms

  1. Repeated seizures
  2. Impaired memory
  3. Bouts of fainting
  4. Short spans of blackout
  5. Sudden bouts of blinking and chewing
  6. Panic
  7. Inappropriate repetitive movements

Types of Seizures

A seizure, also known as fit, is usually a brief episode characterised by uncontrollable jerking movement and loss of awareness due to abnormal neuronal activity in your brain. A collective occurrence of these seizures causes epilepsy.

There are three types of seizures an epileptic person usually encounters.

  1. Idiopathic: This kind of seizure has no apparent cause
  2. Cryptogenic: The doctors believe that there is a cause for the seizure but cannot detect it
  3. Symptomatic: These seizures occur due to a reason.

Treatments

  1. Medication: Medication is the most common treatment in case of epilepsy. Drugs taken on a regular basis can stop the seizure partially. But in very severe cases, they seem to have no effect at all.
  2. Surgery: For symptomatic seizures which are caused due to abnormal brain function, surgery can be a way to get rid of seizures. In some minor cases, nerve stimulation in the brain and special diets can be prescribed to control the epileptic seizures.

Five facts about epilepsy you need to know:

  • Epilepsy is not psychosis or madness and can be treated easily 
  • Popular celebraties with epilepsy include Aristotle, Alfred Nobel, Alexander the great, Sir Isaacs Newton, Martin Luther and Julius Caesar etc. 
  • Woman with epilepsy can have a normal pregnancy 
  • Newer medicines for epilepsy are effective and very safe 
  • Surgery can cure epilepsy in some patients.

All You Need To Know About Epilepsy

Dr. Rakesh Kumar 87% (27 ratings)
DM - Neurology, MD - Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Neurologist, Ghaziabad
All You Need To Know About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disease which is characterised by recurring epileptic seizures. These seizures can be brief or can persist for prolonged periods. Vigorous episodes which last long can result in physical injuries such as broken bones. Mention that 6th February is International epilepsy day.

Causes of Epilepsy

The cause of this condition isn’t very evident; however, most medical practitioners attribute epileptic seizures to brain injury, tumours, infections in the brain or birth defects. Some doctors believe that epilepsy is caused due to genetic mutations and is an outcome of abnormal activity of cells in the brain. Other causes for this condition can be alcohol or narcotics withdrawal and electrolyte problems.

Symptoms

  1. Repeated seizures
  2. Impaired memory
  3. Bouts of fainting
  4. Short spans of blackout
  5. Sudden bouts of blinking and chewing
  6. Panic
  7. Inappropriate repetitive movements

Types of Seizures

A seizure, also known as fit, is usually a brief episode characterised by uncontrollable jerking movement and loss of awareness due to abnormal neuronal activity in your brain. A collective occurrence of these seizures causes epilepsy.

There are three types of seizures an epileptic person usually encounters.

  1. Idiopathic: This kind of seizure has no apparent cause
  2. Cryptogenic: The doctors believe that there is a cause for the seizure but cannot detect it
  3. Symptomatic: These seizures occur due to a reason.

Treatments

  1. Medication: Medication is the most common treatment in case of epilepsy. Drugs taken on a regular basis can stop the seizure partially. But in very severe cases, they seem to have no effect at all.
  2. Surgery: For symptomatic seizures which are caused due to abnormal brain function, surgery can be a way to get rid of seizures. In some minor cases, nerve stimulation in the brain and special diets can be prescribed to control the epileptic seizures.

Five facts about epilepsy you need to know:

  • Epilepsy is not psychosis or madness and can be treated easily 
  • Popular celebraties with epilepsy include Aristotle, Alfred Nobel, Alexander the great, Sir Isaacs Newton, Martin Luther and Julius Caesar etc. 
  • Woman with epilepsy can have a normal pregnancy 
  • Newer medicines for epilepsy are effective and very safe 
  • Surgery can cure epilepsy in some patients.

HI, I take gardenal 60 mg science 20 years. Is it harmful for me? How can I improve my health.

Dr. Pulak Mukherjee 89% (6335 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
Any medicine which taken for long,must have some effects,,u need to do proper homoeopathic treatment
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Hl sir, please let me know my friend consume lonazep .5 mg tab 9nos what I have to do for first aid we are arriving hospital but more traffic she feel sleepy.

MBBS
General Physician, Kolkata
Take her to the Hospital safely, don't panic, no intervention at this point is needed just provide enough airway for her. Don't worry she will be fine.
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Sir I want to know that is my epilepsy curable, i've suffered 6 seizures in 3 years, is my epilepsy curable with medication or can I go for a surgery for complete cure I would be very thankful if you clarify me clear. I have a fear that the seizure rate may increase in future, doctor said that it is caused due to sleepless nights and over gaming please clarify me sir.

Dr. N S S Gauri 94% (29774 ratings)
Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Ayurveda, Kanpur
Ras Raj Ras 125 Mg Twice a Day Brahmi Avleh 10 Gm Twice a Day Relief In 15-16 Days and for Complete Cure Take it for 160 Days Only Avoid Oily and Spicy Food.
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Sir I am facing this issue last 24 yrs. I have done MRI lot of times and got the issue of Seizure disorder in my report. From beginning to till now I have used lot of medicine starting from Tagretol ,Dilantin, epsolin. Currently I am taking EPTOIN three times daily. Sir I am very much depressed and I have lost all my carrier because of this stuff. Sir is it really curable. I am really depressed and frustrated. I still face seizure attack occasionally. And the biggest side effect is memory power and I felt very lazy myself. Pleaes help with your valuable suggestion.

Mr. Rajan P 93% (763 ratings)
M.Sc - Applied Psychology, P.G.Dip.in Guidance &Counselling, B.A., Psychology, Dip.in Pharmacy, 6-month Internship, Diploma in Mental Health care & Counseling
Psychologist, Madurai
Dear Lybrate user, Firstly, you have to accept the fact that you have a chronic disease that can't be cured (at least for the time being), at the same time it can be controlled to a great extent by continuous medical treatment. Yes, acceptance dissolves. Secondly, it's the need of the hour to modify your lifestyle and career path as well, after assessment of yourself entire personality and limitations. Don't loose heart. We (mental health professionals) are here to help to put you on the right track.
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Hi, I am suffering with fits since 6 years. I had consulted many doctors all are saying that they can say any thing why fits came for me every reports are normal why I am facing many problems with this it came wn I am 26 years.

Dr. N S S Gauri 94% (29774 ratings)
Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Ayurveda, Kanpur
Ras Raj Ras 125 Mg Twice a Day Ashtamoorti Avleh 10 Gm Twice a Day Relief In 15-16 Days and for Complete Cure Take it for 120 Days Only Avoid Oily and Spicy Food.
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My age is 23 and epilepsy for me started at the age of 20, when I consulted neurologist he said its common at that age, and suggested medication (valtec cr 300, 200) Is it curable.

Dr. Makarand Hirve 87% (18 ratings)
MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DM - Neurology
Neurologist, Bhopal
If a neurologist has seen you and recommended antiepileptics for epilepsy then it is to be taken for long, the duration may depend on the cause of it and the disease nature and severity. Controllable is preferred term however.
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What will happen if I give dose of trioptal 150 mg one and half tablet medicine late by 7 hrs of the usual time? What will be the consequences?

Dr. Prashant K Vaidya 91% (11221 ratings)
Diploma In Gastroenterology, Diploma In Dermatology, BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
dosage information for adults, the elderly ... Applies to the following strengths: 150 mg; 300 mg; 600 mg; 300 ... Usual Adult Dose for Epilepsy ... - -Doses should be taken at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals
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