The importance of treating Epilepsy

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At the moment, there is no cure for epilepsy. However, with the right type and dosage of anti-epileptic medication, research has shown that around 70% of people with epilepsy can have their seizures brought completely under control. If not treated, the consequences can be severe, as we've discussed previously. As we know, seizures can be potentially life-threatening, whether that be through events during the seizure, or through Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. Also, seizures can potentially lead to brain damage, which can have serious implications on the quality of life thereafter. People with previously untreated epilepsy have also been seen to experience a fall in IQ, to suffer from depression and social problems, to have a lower quality of life due to the increased risk of seizures, and possibly even becoming suicidal.