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Sunshine on the window: The butterfly effect

25 May 2017

Jasmine Forrest is a 25-year-old journalism student from Manchester. Throughout the years following her epilepsy diagnosis at age 17, she has experienced many highs and lows when dealing with (and accepting) her condition. Eight years on, she has decided to speak out about her feelings, thoughts and experiences as a young woman with epilepsy through her blog: Sunshine on the window. 

 

Trial finds cannabidiol may successfully reduce number of convulsive seizures in children and young adults with Dravet syndrome

25 May 2017

A new study has found that cannabidiol could be an effective treatment for people with Dravet syndrome.

Cannabidiol comes from the cannabis plant. It does not contain the part of cannabis that gives a ‘high’ – the psychoactive part.

Emeside syrup discontinued

28 Apr 2017

Essential Pharma has discontinued its version of ethosuximide syrup, Emeside.

If you take Emeside syrup, you will need to switch to a generic version of ethosuximide syrup. This is because the other branded version of the syrup, called Zarontin, has also been discontinued.

If you have any concerns about this, speak to your doctor, epilepsy nurse of pharmacist. 

Man who sent flashing ‘GIF’ image on Twitter to US political journalist with photosensitive epilepsy has been charged

27 Apr 2017

Last month, a man accused of sending a tweet with a flashing image to a US political journalist with photosensitive epilepsy was arrested. John Rayne Rivello, 29, was charged with criminal cyber (online) stalking. If found guilty, Mr Rivello could face a sentence of 10 years in prison.

Zarontin syrup discontinued

13 Apr 2017

The medicine company Pfizer has stopped making its version of ethosuximide syrup, called Zarontin.

If you take Zarontin, you will need to switch to a different manufacturer’s version of ethosuximide syrup.

If you have any concerns about this, speak to your doctor, epilepsy nurse or pharmacist.

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