Health Watch -- The Nervous System: Epilepsy

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There are a number of diseases and disorders that target the brain and nervous system. The nervous system even plays a role in how you interact with your world. That's what we'll be talking about this week on Health Watch.

More than two million people in the United States have epilepsy, and most of them manage it with medication. Dr. Paul van Ness, director of the Epilepsy Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says it's important for patients to stick with their medication. Epilepsy drugs may have side effects such as fatigue, abdominal discomfort or blurred vision and they may be expensive or inconvenient to take on schedule, which could lead to lapses. But rather than failing to take the drugs as instructed, patients need to discuss their problems with their doctors.

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April 2006

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