Importance of Seizure Control
Epilepsy is considered to be controlled when patients are completely seizure-free. Even having a few seizures a year can significantly impact safety and quality of life.
Sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP)
Risk factors for SUDEP include poor seizure control, poor adherence with anti-epileptic medications, use of more than one anti-epileptic medication, frequent changes of dose or type of anti-epileptic medication, severe epilepsy, male gender, alcohol abuse, and certain epilepsy syndromes.
Quality of life issues in epilepsy
People living with epilepsy and continued seizure activity cannot drive and frequently find limited employment options. Additionally, social contacts and emotional health may be affected.
Therefore, becoming seizure-free is imperative.