Epilepsy

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What is Epilepsy?

A group of disorders marked by problems in the normal functioning of the brain. These problems can produce seizures, unusual body movements, a loss of consciousness or changes in consciousness, as well as mental problems or problems with the senses.

Common symptoms reported by people with Epilepsy

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Epilepsy

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Keppra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
182
Tried for
Epilepsy (182)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
140
Tried for
Epilepsy (140) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Tried for
Epilepsy (97) Headaches (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Epilepsy (59) Anxious mood (21)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vimpat)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Epilepsy (68)
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Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
Tried for
Epilepsy (60)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
Epilepsy (55)
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Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Epilepsy (41) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Zonegran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
Epilepsy (39)
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Treatment name(s)

(Dilantin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Epilepsy (37)

Data from patients with Epilepsy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Epilepsy

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Keppra)
Perceived effectiveness
for Epilepsy (120 evaluations)
Side effects
Tiredness Headaches 103 more
How many evaluations
123
Tried for
Epilepsy (182)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Epilepsy (85 evaluations)
Side effects
Tiredness Headaches 62 more
How many evaluations
92
Tried for
Epilepsy (140) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Epilepsy (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Loss of appetite Weight loss 53 more
How many evaluations
57
Tried for
Epilepsy (97) Headaches (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Epilepsy (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sedation 9 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Epilepsy (59) Anxious mood (21)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vimpat)
Perceived effectiveness
for Epilepsy (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Double vision (diplopia) 45 more
How many evaluations
33
Tried for
Epilepsy (68)
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Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for Epilepsy (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Depressed mood 30 more
How many evaluations
36
Tried for
Epilepsy (60)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Epilepsy (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Balance problems 31 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Epilepsy (55)
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Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Epilepsy (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Dizziness 20 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Epilepsy (41) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Zonegran)
Perceived effectiveness
for Epilepsy (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Loss of appetite 26 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Epilepsy (39)
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Treatment name(s)

(Dilantin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Epilepsy (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Insomnia 17 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Epilepsy (37)

Data from patients with Epilepsy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Epilepsy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 443
20s 1,363
30s 2,198
40s 2,296
50s 1,732
60s 740
70+ 169

Sex

Distribution of sex

68% Female
32% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,770
20-29 years 793
30-39 years 449
40-49 years 250
50-59 years 76
60-69 years 23
70+ years 6

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,713
Not Diagnosed 178

These charts show data from Epilepsy patients who have completed their condition history
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