What are some common seizure triggers?

Common seizure triggers include alcohol or drug use, illness, stress, sleep deprivation, diet and the menstrual cycle.
When a person with epilepsy recognizes their most common seizure triggers, he or she may be able to block a seizure. 
Many people with epilepsy have identified certain things that seem to trigger their seizures. Seizures are commonly triggered by factors such as stress, sleep deprivation, alcohol intoxication or withdrawal, physical illness, certain drug interactions, as well as some very unusual events. If you can identify the factors that have the greatest influence on triggering your seizures, you may be able to prevent seizures by avoiding those things. The best way to recognize what your personal seizure triggers may be is to keep a seizure diary.
Aria Fallah, MD
Common seizure triggers include:
  • lack of sleep
  • flashing lights
  • video games
  • use of recreational drugs
  • abrupt withdrawal from medications 
Although there is no way to completely prevent a seizure, triggers for individuals diagnosed with epilepsy should be avoided to decrease the likelihood of having a seizure. 

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