Users' questions

What are the side effects of epilepsy in older adults?

What are the side effects of epilepsy in older adults?

Eight in 10 adults aged 65 or older have more than one chronic health condition. 6 It can be hard to balance epilepsy treatment with taking medicines for other health problems. Many epilepsy medicines also have side effects such as bone loss or dizziness, which can make someone more likely to fall and become injured. 4

Why do women with epilepsy have more seizures?

Many women have an increase in seizure frequency just before or during their menstrual periods. This is probably due to changes in estrogen and progesterone levels that normally occur during the female reproductive cycle. Many women with epilepsy have abnormal menstrual cycles, including missed periods.

Can a woman with epilepsy have a healthy baby?

Women with seizures can have healthy children, provided they receive good prenatal care. It is very important that women with epilepsy discuss pregnancy with their doctors before getting pregnant.

Why do women with epilepsy miss their periods?

This is probably due to changes in estrogen and progesterone levels that normally occur during the female reproductive cycle. Many women with epilepsy have abnormal menstrual cycles, including missed periods. If missed periods occur regularly, talk to your doctor.

Eight in 10 adults aged 65 or older have more than one chronic health condition. 6 It can be hard to balance epilepsy treatment with taking medicines for other health problems. Many epilepsy medicines also have side effects such as bone loss or dizziness, which can make someone more likely to fall and become injured. 4

Why do people with epilepsy have more health problems?

Some health problems or symptoms are seen more often in people with seizures than in people without seizures. They could be related to the seizures, or they could be due to whatever is causing the epilepsy. For example, mood problems or changes could be related to times of seizures or side effects of medicines.

How does epilepsy affect a woman during pregnancy?

Some women experience more seizures while they’re pregnant. Having a seizure can increase the risk of falls, as well as of miscarriage and premature labor. Epilepsy medicines can prevent seizures, but some of these drugs have been linked to an increased risk for birth defects during pregnancy.

How many people in the US have epilepsy?

Epilepsy is brain disorder that causes repeated seizures. About 3 million US adults aged 18 years or older have active epilepsy. 1 Nearly 1 million of those adults are aged 55 or older. 2 As our population ages, there will be even more older people with epilepsy in the coming years.