2. Heat Stroke
WebMD lists seizures amongst their top symptoms for heat stroke. Due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures, heat stroke can cause dehydration and serious organ and brain damage, as the body is unable to cool itself naturally.
Heat stroke occurs when the body temperature soars beyond 105-degrees Fahrenheit, impacting the central nervous system and causing the brain to malfunction and triggering symptoms such as confusion, disorientation, seizures, and even loss of consciousness.
According to the Mayo Clinic, patients with untreated diabetic hypoglycemia (or low blood sugar) risk having seizures as well as fainting (or syncope) when the blood contains excess of the hormone that regulates glucose in the blood and insufficient glucose (blood sugar). A hypoglycemic seizure can occur with excess physical exertion, skipping a meal, or taking too much insulin.
If you’re hypoglycemic and experience dizziness, nausea, and feel faint, you could have a seizure. Immediate treatment with oral glucose tablets can help restore blood sugar and prevent seizures and loss of consciousness.
4. Antidepressants and Other Medications
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a link between certain antidepressant medications (i.e., bupropion [Zyban and Wellbutrin]) and unprovoked seizures in patients being treated for mood disorders.
Even certain prescription pain relievers (i.e., tramadol [Ultram]) and penicillins (i.e., methicillin and oxacillin) used to treat skin infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), ear infections, and respiratory tract infections carry warnings that taking these drugs may increase the risk of seizures.