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What causes seizures in people with epilepsy?

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It's usually not clear, but certain factors are known to provoke seizures in people with epilepsy. They include:

For about one out of every two women with epilepsy, seizures tend to happen more around the time of menstrual periods.

  • Missing medication doses
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Cocaine or other drug use, such as ecstasy
  • Lack of sleep
  • Other drugs that interfere with seizure medications

SOURCES:

Epilepsy.com: "What Causes Epilepsy?"

Epilepsy Foundation: "Causes."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

SOURCES:

Epilepsy.com: "What Causes Epilepsy?"

Epilepsy Foundation: "Causes."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

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