Epilepsy Essentials

David Bodunde

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain, causing abnormal activity that results in seizures. Seizures can look different depending on the person and type of epilepsy they have. For some, a seizure may cause them to stop and stare blankly, while for others, they may experience twitching, falling, stiffness or even loss of consciousness.


It’s important to know that anyone, at any age, can have epilepsy. In some cases, the cause is not known, but other times, it may be caused by brain injury, genetics, or a brain infection. The good news is that most people with epilepsy can manage their seizures with medication or other treatments.


It’s also important to take care of your brain to help reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. This means getting enough rest and avoiding extreme stress. Engaging in activities like meditation and deep breathing exercises can also be helpful in managing stress and protecting the brain.


Nutrition is also important for brain health. Eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol can all help to keep the brain healthy. When taking any supplements, it’s important to discuss their use with your doctor or pharmacist first, as they can interact with medications used for epilepsy.


If you know someone with epilepsy, it’s important to be aware of what to do if they have a seizure. If you see someone having a seizure, give them space and keep them safe. Don’t try to move them or put anything in their mouth. Let them recover on their own, and then help them when they are conscious and aware.


It’s also important to raise awareness about epilepsy to help break down the stigma that can sometimes surround the condition. Many people with epilepsy face challenges such as discrimination, isolation, and fear. By educating ourselves and others about epilepsy, we can help to create a more inclusive and understanding community.


PharmaChoice pharmacists are here to help you manage your epilepsy and provide support for you and your loved ones. Our pharmacists can answer any questions you may have about your medications, supplements, and lifestyle changes that can help you manage your condition.


Don’t be afraid to talk to your pharmacist about your epilepsy and how it’s affecting your life. They are here to help you manage your symptoms and live your best life. Together, we can help to raise awareness and create a more supportive and understanding community for people with epilepsy.


Talk to Your Local Pharmacist to Learn How You Can Help Manage Epilepsy

David Bodunde
Shas PharmaChoice
Ottawa, ON