SUDEP: What Is It & How Can You Reduce The Risk

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) is where a person with epilepsy dies without warning, and the post-mortem fails to establish any other cause of death.

Around 600 people die every year due to SUDEP, but it can be potentially avoidable through risk management alone. Being risk-averse is sensible and something that people living with epilepsy should already be doing – however, SUDEP is something that people may not be aware of, so this is where SUDEP Action Day comes in to help spread the word.

What Is SUDEP Action Day?

SUDEP Action Day is an awareness day that aims to make more people aware of SUDEP and its associated risk factors. This year’s SUDEP Action Day falls on Wednesday, 19th October 2022, and tasks people to take action through various means to spread awareness. The theme for 2022 is #TalkSudepNow – so that every person with epilepsy, their families and health professionals are aware of the risks. Not only that, but people can take an active role in discussing, reviewing and reducing these risks for everyone with epilepsy. The special MyWayto5K event is also available throughout October.

Steps to reduce the risk of SUDEP

The most effective way to reduce your risk of SUDEP is to have as few seizures as possible. The first and most crucial step to reduce your SUDEP risk is taking your seizure medicine as prescribed. Take your epilepsy medicines every day, precisely as they’ve been prescribed. If you have issues with any of your medications, such as side effects or continue to have seizures, you should consult a Doctor or epilepsy specialist. Then look at lifestyle changes such as lowering the amount of alcohol consumed, ensuring you get enough sleep, regular exercise and actively avoiding known seizure triggers. Regular visits to your GP are also something to consider, as this will allow you to monitor your condition more closely and share any ongoing concerns you may have.

How A Medication Management Solution Can Help

If you have a habit of forgetting to take your medication for epilepsy, then the YOURmeds Switch is something to consider. It will notify you when your medicines are due and your friends or family of each missed medication. YOURmeds Switch is a medication management solution that takes the traditional blister pack and infuses it with modern smart tech to ensure you never miss a medication again. SUDEP is a rare occurrence for people living with epilepsy. But missing out on your medication can severely up the risk of SUDEP. Reduce the risk of SUDEP with YOURmeds today.

Manage Your Medication With YOURmeds Switch!

We make it easier to support you with your medications. The YOURmeds Switch helps you remember when to take the right medication at the right time – and alert friends or family to any problems you may be having.

Please note that nothing in this blog constitutes official medical advice. It contains our opinions only. Always consult your healthcare provider when making healthcare decisions.


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