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 for epilepsy

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

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3058
Tried for
epilepsy (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Keppra)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3444
Tried for
epilepsy (34)
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2236
Tried for
epilepsy (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1917
Tried for
epilepsy (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Vimpat)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
941
Tried for
epilepsy (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1599
Tried for
epilepsy (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Zonegran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1018
Tried for
epilepsy (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1124
Tried for
epilepsy (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2537
Tried for
epilepsy (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Dilantin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2015
Tried for
epilepsy (6)

Data from patients with epilepsy, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (26 evaluations)
Side effects
lightheadedness rash on face 22 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
epilepsy (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Keppra)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (39 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems dizziness 59 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
epilepsy (34)
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness bitter taste 19 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
epilepsy (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (13 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 12 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
epilepsy (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Vimpat)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness double vision (diplopia) 8 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
epilepsy (15)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 5 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
epilepsy (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Zonegran)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (8 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite anger 13 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
epilepsy (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Trileptal)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth acne 5 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
epilepsy (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Tegretol)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (6 evaluations)
Side effects
ataxia (lack of coordination) decreased appetite 5 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
epilepsy (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Dilantin)
Perceived effectiveness
for epilepsy (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness irritability 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
epilepsy (6)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with epilepsy, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has epilepsy on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 12 new patients joined this month
  • 10098 say epilepsy is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 362
20s 984
30s 2305
40s 2668
50s 2366
60s 1261
70+ 393
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2800
20-29 years 813
30-39 years 462
40-49 years 264
50-59 years 78
60-69 years 27
70+ years 7

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3261
Female 7149

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6046
Not Diagnosed 179

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