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Seizure triggers

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Seizure triggers

For some people, certain situations can trigger (set off) a seizure. Common triggers include lack of sleep, stress, alcohol, and not taking their prescribed anti-seizure medication (ASM).

Less commonly, seizures can be triggered by flashing lights or moving patterns (called photosensitive epilepsy). It may be possible to avoid triggers if they can be identified. 

Epilepsy Society is grateful to Dr F J Rugg-Gunn, Consultant Neurologist & Honorary Associate Professor, Clinical Lead, Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy, who reviewed this information.

Information updated: May 2024

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