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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with epilepsy

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

(Keppra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
93
Tried for
epilepsy (93)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
90
Tried for
epilepsy (90)
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
epilepsy (59) headaches (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
epilepsy (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
epilepsy (37) anxious mood (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Vimpat)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
epilepsy (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
epilepsy (27) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
epilepsy (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
pain (12) epilepsy (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aptiom)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
epilepsy (18) depressed mood (1)

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

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Keppra)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (69 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches tiredness 75 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
epilepsy (93)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (68 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches memory and cognition problems 51 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
epilepsy (90)
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (25 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite fatigue 37 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
epilepsy (59) headaches (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (25 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness weight gain 19 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
epilepsy (46)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (22 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness fatigue 10 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
epilepsy (37) anxious mood (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Vimpat)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (21 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness double vision (diplopia) 21 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
epilepsy (35)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (15 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth acne 17 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
epilepsy (27) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (11 evaluations)
Side effects
ataxia (lack of coordination) decreased appetite 14 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
epilepsy (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dizziness 2 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (12) epilepsy (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aptiom)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (63 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision flatulence 20 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
epilepsy (18) depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with epilepsy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has epilepsy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 435
20s 1,279
30s 2,322
40s 2,618
50s 2,055
60s 970
70+ 241
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,778
20-29 years 801
30-39 years 453
40-49 years 253
50-59 years 77
60-69 years 24
70+ years 6

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3,125
Female 6,859

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,974
Not Diagnosed 178

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