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People with epilepsy often miss medication doses

8 January, 2003

More then seventy per cent of people with epilepsy have missed taking their medication, with most of these leading to further seizures.

Researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine surveyed over 600 people taking anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), and presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society.

Seventy-one per cent of those who responded said that they had missed does of their medication, and forty-five per cent said that missing a dose had lead to a seizure occurring.

The study also found that people with epilepsy who had missed doses were more likely have to been taking AED for more than five years and those who had had a seizure after missing a dose were most likely to be taking more than 7 tablets per day.

The researchers called for the medication regime of people with epilepsy to be made easier, with the smallest number of doses and tablets to be taken daily to lessen the chances of missed doses and subsequent seizures.