Lifestyle Changes to Manage Epilepsy
- Develop a sleep routine. Try to go to bed at the same time and sleep the same number of hours. This is important because lack of sleep can lower the seizure threshold and increase the risk of seizures.
- Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol also lowers the threshold and increases the risk of seizures. Alcohol also interacts with the anti-epileptic drugs, which can lead to seizures.
- Always tell your doctors that you have a seizure disorder. Many medications prescribed for various conditions may cause drug interactions and cause seizures, or lower the seizure threshold and cause seizures.
- Keep a seizure diary of dates, type, frequency, duration, aura description, post-seizure description, and other details.
- Have medical follow-ups.
- Discuss a safe diet and exercise program with your doctor.
- Discuss driving privileges with your doctor, as each case and state requirements differ.
- Stunted growth due to nutrient deficiencies
- Pancreatitis due to elevated triglycerides
- Build-up of uric acid, which can cause kidney stones or gout
- Increased risk for heart disease, due to the high fat intake
- Work with a registered dietitian
- Have regular medical check-ups
When to Contact Your Doctor
- You (or your child) experience any unusual or severe symptoms or side effects
- You (or your child) have a recurrence or change in the pattern of seizures
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- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/07/2014 -
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