Breakthrough convulsive seizures come with significant risks.
It's time to do more.
WHAT THEY ARE
Convulsive seizures that continue to "break through" even while you're on prescription treatment.4
HOW THEY HAPPEN
Managing epilepsy is an everyday thing—but lapses can happen. Although breakthrough seizures can occur for many reasons, a significant number of people reported experiencing seizures—including convulsive seizures—after missing a dose.1,2
Nearly 50% of people with epilepsy surveyed reported having a breakthrough seizure following a missed dose.2,*
In another survey, among people who had missed a dose in the past month, 51% had a seizure following a missed dose.1
71% of people with epilepsy surveyed had missed at least 1 dose.2,*
In one study, two-thirds of patients missed doses due to "forgetfulness."3
OTHER CAUSES OF BREAKTHROUGH SEIZURES INCLUDE:4
- The unpredictable nature of epilepsy
- Insufficient dose of treatment
- Emotional stress
- Sleep deprivation
- Alcohol or other recreational drugs
- TV or video games
what you risk
Risks of poor seizure control and seizures include:
Fractures, head injuries, and other accidents5
Declining physical health and social functioning1,6,7
For children, lower social competency9
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)10,*
Lapses are simply part of life. Most patients can't live by the clock every day of their lives. We need solutions, not blame."
—A neurologist who treats epilepsy
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- Not everyone reaches the goal of seizure freedom—but it's important to try
- Even having fewer breakthrough seizures may lessen their impact on your life5,8-12
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Breakthrough seizures due to missed doses are facts of life for many people with epilepsy1,2, but there are steps you can take:
Speak with your treatment team.
Ask your doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional about strategies for keeping your treatment on track, including what your medication options may be.
Talk to friends and family.
The important people in your life can help you manage your treatment better and avoid missing a dose.
Digital medication trackers, alarms and calendar alerts can help prevent you from missing a dose.
If you're having breakthrough seizures or questioning yourprescription treatment regimen:
Talk to your doctor about medications that:
- Are approved for treating convulsive seizures
- Offer once-daily dosing in the form you prefer (single pill or liquid)
- Stay in the body longer, which may help you manage your prescription treatment regimen
Start the discussion
If you're a patient or caregiver
Talk to your doctor about the factors that contributeto breakthrough seizures and ways to manage your prescription treatment.