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Poll shows half of people with epilepsy forget to take epilepsy medicines at least once a month

5 Jul 2017

Around half of people with epilepsy, surveyed in a recent poll by Epilepsy Research UK, said they forget to take their medicine at least once a month.

The charity Epilepsy Research UK asked people who receive their newsletter to complete the poll. They wanted to see how well people stuck to their medicine routine. They had 125 people respond. The people were asked to estimate how many times in the last month they forgot to take their medicine or had taken it at a different time to usual.

Most people who responded (9 in 10) usually took their medicines two or more times a day. Half of the people were on one epilepsy medicine, with the rest taking 2 to 4 medicines a day.

Around 2 in 5 people (20%) said they had forgotten to take their medicine once in the last month. A quarter of people (25%) said they had forgotten two times or more. Just under half of people said that they had taken their medicine at the wrong time at least once in the last month.

Epilepsy Research UK explained that not taking epilepsy medicines properly can mean there is a lower level of the medicine in a person’s bloodstream. This can lead to breakthrough seizures or seizures worsening.

Epilepsy Action offers some suggestions to help with taking your medicines properly. Ask for clear instructions from your doctor or pharmacist on how to take your medicines.

Getting pill boxes can help you organise your medicines and make sure to take the right ones at the right time. You can also set alarms or leave reminders for yourself to make sure not to forget your medicines.

There is more information on epilepsy medicines on the Epilepsy Action website. There are also more suggestions on wikiHow.

You can also still take the Epilepsy Research UK poll.


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