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Are You Forgetting to Take Your Epilepsy Medication?

Posted by RSC Diagnostics on Aug 8, 2017

Few things about living with epilepsy are easy.Close up of man holding a pill and glass of water in bright living room.jpeg
Between the complications of seizures, to diet
and medication—the amount of things you need
to keep track of can really take a toll on you.

This may explain why a poll conducted by the researchers at Epilepsy Research UK found that almost half of the epilepsy patients they surveyed said that at least once a month, they forget to take their medication.

In this poll, participants were asked to estimate the amount of times he or she had either forgotten to take their medication or taken it at a different time than their doctors recommended over the course of one month.

Out of the 125 participants in the study:

  • 20% said they’d forgotten to take their medications once, while 25% reported forgetting to take their medication twice or more
  • 54% did not forget to take their medication
  • 15% admitted to taking their medication at the wrong time once, while 25% said they’ve taken their medication at the wrong time at least twice in one month 

The Importance of Taking Your Medication

While some medication doses can be missed for a day or two without significant consequences, other more serious medications like those for seizure control, can have serious consequences when not taken properly. For those living with epilepsy, having a lowered amount of medication in the bloodstream can cause you to lose control over your seizures, and leave you prone to epilepsy-related accidents and complications. 

If you’re finding it difficult to remember your medications, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Take advantage of medication reminder apps—These apps offer a variety of different free ways to help not only remind you to take your medication, but help motivate you to make it a solid habit. 
  • Use a pill organizer—These can help organize the different medication(s) you have to take in one organized place, while also serving as a helpful visual reminder that you have to take your medication.
  • Associate taking your meds with a daily activity—Depending on the amount of doses you need to take daily, and at what times, pairing an activity like eating breakfast, showering, going to the gym, etc. can make it easier to remember to take your medication at the correct time(s) of day.

While living with epilepsy can be difficult, when it comes to taking your medication, it’s important to stay as attentive as possible. While this study we’ve mentioned is of a small group of participants, it highlights how many people find it difficult to keep their medication routine on track. By understanding how and when to take your meds, and ways to remind yourself to take them, you can prevent unnecessary complications and better manage your epilepsy.

 

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Sources:

https://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk/poll-shows-that-almost-50-of-people-forget-to-take-their-medication-at-least-once-a-month/

https://www.drugs.com/article/taking-your-medicine.html 

https://thesocialmedwork.com/6-medication-reminder-apps-that-think-outside-the-pillbox/ 

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_6?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pill+organizer&sprefix=pill+o%2Caps%2C150&crid=3B868RAVGJV6O

Topics: Living with epilepsy, Taking your medication

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