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  1. Epilepsy 101

    More than 2 million people in the United States have some form of epilepsy, a group of related disorders marked by recurrent seizures. WebMD asked epilepsy experts your most frequently asked questions. In most cases -- about seven in 10 people -- the cause of epilepsy is unknown. In other cases, epi

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  2. Understanding and Coping with Stigma of Disabilities

    Having a disability or chronic health condition saddles the person with more than just the physical complaint. One has to struggle with the social meaning of that disorder as well. Often society is not very accepting of illness and disability and the person affected becomes stigmatized as a result.

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  3. My WebMD: A Teen Copes with Epilepsy

    I had my first real epileptic seizure when I was 5 years old. My mother says my eyes were rolling and I was staring off into the distance. She was terrified. What I had is called a "petit mal" seizure or an "absence" seizure. It’s called that because there’s a lapse in conscious activity for a coupl

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  4. Epilepsy Treatment: Finding the Right Medication

    Taking epilepsy drugs has always been a fact of life for most people living with epilepsy. And until the 1990s, choosing an epilepsy drug was comparatively simple: only a handful were available. In the past 15 years, epilepsy treatment for controlling seizures has come a long way. The number of avai

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  5. Epilepsy Medications: When Is It Safe to Substitute a Generic?

    The FDA says generic epilepsy drugs are no different from generic drugs for other conditions: virtually identical to brand-name drugs in their effects. Therefore, there's no problem substituting generic drugs for epilepsy. But many doctors who specialize in treating epilepsy don't agree. For a small

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  6. Actor Greg Grunberg Steps Up for Epilepsy

    On the NBC show Heroes, Greg Grunberg plays an ordinary guy with extraordinary powers. In real life, he credits astonishing powers to his 13-year-old son, Jake, who has lived with epilepsy for the past five years. Epilepsy, a neurological condition that affects 3 million Americans (350,000 of them a

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  7. Tip Sheet: Successful Epilepsy Treatment

    What can you do to improve your epilepsy treatment? Plenty. WebMD asked epilepsy experts for their advice. Take an active role. You need to be more than a patient. Be an active participant in your health care. Learn about epilepsy and its treatments. Know the names and doses of your medicines. Ask y

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  8. Tip Sheet: Avoiding Epilepsy Drug Interactions

    Unfortunately, many medicines for epilepsy can interact with common prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Epilepsy drugs can prevent some medicines from working normally, and other medicines can have the same effect on epilepsy drugs. Either situation can be dangerous. "There are just so many

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  9. How to Handle a Chronic Illness at Work

    When you have a chronic illness, such as epilepsy, peanut allergies, or diabetes, you need an ally at your place of work. Who should that ally be, how does he need to handle himself, and what should he do in case of an emergency? Here are some practical tips experts offer WebMD that will help you ba

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  10. Is Your Medication Working Overtime?

    Many medications on the market today are prescribed for one condition but have been found to help others as well. Is your drug doing double duty? "Many drugs do have added benefits," says Marc Siegel, MD, clinical associate professor at New York University School of Medicine. Aspirin, for example, c

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