In the wake of a seizure, it’s often difficult to pinpoint the cause. After all, seizures are rather unpredictable and can be triggered by multiple uncontrollable factors. However, if you can nail down a common factor, you may be able to avoid it and control the quantity and severity of your seizures.
Here are 14 common seizure triggers…
1. Missed Medication
Whether it’s intentionally or unintentionally, missing or changing a medication can be a serious seizure trigger. This includes adding a new prescription drug or ceasing to take a supplement. Both can trigger seizures and should be done gradually and under the strict guidance of a doctor. People who are epileptic often take medication to help avoid seizures, so when they miss their daily dosage, it can provoke not only more frequent seizures but also seizures that are more intense, says Epilepsy Foundation.
In addition to missing medication, some medications such as antidepressants (i.e., bupropion, which is also known by the brand names Wellbutrin and Zyban) have been found to cause or increase the risk of seizures as well as antibiotics such as penicillins, quinolones, and pain medications such as tramadol (sold under the brand name Ultram).