When the signals in someone’s brain get confused, it’s called a seizure or fit. Seizures can range from brief pauses, to twitching and muscle spasms in part or all of the body. One cause of seizures is epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a condition that affects 1–2 people in 100. Some people are born with epilepsy. Others develop it as children or adults, after accidents such as a head injury or illnesses such as a stroke.

For more information on epilepsy, visit the Epilepsy New Zealand website. They have information on:

They also provide a variety of information sheets and run regional support groups.

Taking medicines for epilepsy?

Taking medicines for epilepsy, mood or pain (PDF, 305 KB) contains important information for women who are:

  • near childbearing age and sexually active
  • thinking of getting pregnant or are pregnant.
  • taking medicines for epilepsy, pain, or mood regulation.

If you have any questions about this or your epilepsy medication you should discuss this with your health provider. It is important that you keep taking your medication and that you talk to you doctor about any changes that will be right for you.

Related websites

Epilepsy New Zealand
Epilepsy New Zealand is a national organisation offering information, support and educational services to people with epilepsy, their family and friends.

Health Navigator
The Health Navigator NZ website helps you find reliable and trustworthy health information and self-help resources.

NZ Transport Agency
The NZ Transport Agency is responsible for licensing drivers in New Zealand.

Better Health Channel
The Victoria (Australia) state government provides online consumer-focused health and medical information.

A website featuring video interviews with people on various health topics.

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