Keeping a record of your seizures and tracking your anti-epileptic medication can be helpful in managing your epilepsy. This can be done in many ways such as keeping a paper diary, a computer-based diary and marking the calendar or, more recently with the use of seizure-tracking apps on mobile phones.
The tool you choose should be easily accessible so that you can use it on a regular basis, and one that you can easily share with your health care provider.
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Tips on using your seizure diary
- Ask your doctor or nurse what information is most important for you to track, what would help your health care team and what information do you need?
- When you change medicines, make sure you write down when you do this.
- It is also helpful to write down when you use an ‘as needed’ medicine or treatment and any effect it has, so you can see if it worked as expected.
- To track any triggers or patterns, decide what you are interested in finding out more about and write down when the trigger or pattern occurs.
- To monitor side effects of medicines or changes in your mood, write down if these happen and when they occur, such as after which medicine, and the time of day.
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The following references relate to articles about apps for epilepsy
- Pandher PS, Bhullar KK. Smartphone applications for seizure management(external link). Health Informatics J. 2016 Jun;22(2):209-20.
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