The do's and don'ts for helping during a seizure
When a friend or family member has a seizure, knowing what to do and what not to do, can make a difference.
How BRIVIACT® (brivaracetam) CV may help
If the doctor has prescribed BRIVIACT for your loved one, it's important to know that BRIVIACT can be taken alone or as an add-on therapy that is taken in addition to current antiepileptic medicine(s). BRIVIACT is a prescription medicine that can be used to treat partial-onset seizures in people 1 month of age and older, and may provide additional seizure control.
In clinical studies, patients who added BRIVIACT to their current antiepileptic treatment had fewer partial-onset seizures, compared to patients who took a placebo with their current medicine(s).
If your loved one is still experiencing partial-onset seizures on their current treatment, ask your doctor about BRIVIACT.
BRIVIACT may cause serious side effects including suicidal thoughts or actions; drowsiness; tiredness; dizziness; balance and coordination problems; mood and behavior changes including irritability, anxiety, and psychotic symptoms; and allergic reactions to ingredients in BRIVIACT.
The most common side effects of BRIVIACT in adults include sleepiness, dizziness, feeling tired, and nausea and vomiting.
Side effects of BRIVIACT in children 1 month to less than 16 years of age are similar to those seen in adults.
Partnering with your doctor in treatment decisions
As a caregiver, you play an important role in the treatment decision process. The information you share can be useful in helping the doctor make informed decisions about your loved one's treatment. Work together to understand the benefits and possible side effects of epilepsy medicines or other treatments. Think about what works best for your loved one.
Promoting well-being when caring for a loved one
A person who has been diagnosed with epilepsy may experience a range of emotions such as anger, frustration, and depression. Concern for the future and negative responses from friends and family can leave a person feeling vulnerable and alone. Depression is more common in individuals with epilepsy than it is in the general population. This could be due to psychosocial factors, the seizures themselves, and/or to seizure medication.
As a caregiver, it’s important to realize that mood changes can be a side effect of seizure medication. It can also be that a person with epilepsy is feeling distressed, isolated, frustrated, or angry and may act out negatively as a result. Being patient, encouraging the person to talk about his or her feelings with someone, and recording behavior changes to share with the doctor, are all helpful ways to promote well-being. If a person with epilepsy seems uncharacteristically depressed, encourage a visit to the doctor to discuss these feelings. The doctor may adjust the seizure medication in order to determine whether these issues are due to medication side effects.
Being patient, encouraging the person to talk about his or her feelings with someone, and recording behavior changes to share with the doctor are all helpful ways to promote well-being.
People with epilepsy can participate in most recreational activities and sports. These activities can enhance well-being and maintain health. Some activities are considered too dangerous and others pose some risk due to the possibility of head injury. Participation in recreational activities and sports should be discussed with the doctor.
- track and field
- cross-country skiing
Sports that pose
Activities that are
- SCUBA diving
- rock climbing
The content above was adapted from Epilepsy: A Guide for Professionals and Caregivers, © Edmonton Epilepsy Association, 2011. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Working with your loved one
If you have concerns about your loved one, talk to them about it. Encourage your loved one to talk with the neurologist or epileptologist.
The following tools can help you and your loved one make the most of your visits with the healthcare provider:
Together with your loved one, you can use this goal setting tool to help identify what he or she is looking for from treatment.