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PHILADELPHIA—March 26, marks Purple Day or Epilepsy Awareness Day. People …

PHILADELPHIA—March 26, marks Purple Day or Epilepsy Awareness Day. People
all over the world will be raising awareness about epilepsy, a disease often kept
under wraps for fear of ostracizing and lack of understanding.

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  • 1. If you are a woman tryIng gettIng pregnant, please consIder: 1. Talking to your doctor or nurse practitioner now about the safest anticonvulsant medications to prevent birth defects like cleft palate and cleft lip in newborns. 2. Asking your neurologist if you can be on only one anticonvulsant drug instead of two or multiple drugs in the same class. 3. Keeping a seizure diary or journal to write down what triggers your seizures. 4. Joining a pregnancy support group for Purple Day & Epilepsy women with epilepsy. 5. Developing healthy prenatal habits such as stop smoking or drinking if you do; Top 10 Considerations for a Safe Pregnancy eating a healthy balanced diet; taking folic acid, and getting plenty of rest. Pamper yourself Epilepsy awareness and the first trimester 6. Signing up for the voluntary Epilepsy PHILADELPHIA—March 26, marks Purple Day or Epilepsy Awareness Day. People Birth Control Registry (privacy guaranteed and you can opt out at all over the world will be raising awareness about epilepsy, a disease often kept any time). Women with epilepsy have under wraps for fear of ostracizing and lack of understanding. special concerns when selecting birth control methods. The registry works to For women of child-bearing years who have epilepsy, another concern must also help women with epilepsy make better be made known—anticonvulsant drugs raise the risk of birth defects in mothers- choices in regard to safer birth control to-be who take these drugs during their first trimester. methods. 7. Telling your doctor or nurse practitioner Out of the mouths of babes: Purple Day was founded in 2008, by Cassidy Megan about all the medications, supplements, of Nova Scotia, Canada. At only 9-years-old, along with the help of the Epilepsy and over-the-counter drugs you’re Association of Nova Scotia (EANS), Cassidy chose purple as the international color taking. Ask them to review the FDA for epilepsy. The lavender flower is frequently associated with solitude and people Pregnancy Drug Category to ensure with epilepsy often feel isolated. Cassidy’s goal is for people with epilepsy to know you’re not taking anything that could they are not alone and to educate others about epilepsy. harm the fetus. 8. Don’t stop taking any anti-seizure To learn more about Cassidy and Global Purple Day Partners EANS and The Anita medication unless under the care of Kaufmann Foundation (AKFUS), please visit the Purple Day about page. your doctor. Stopping medication may induce more seizures. Your OB/GYN and The Topamax lawyers at Anapol Schwartz personal injury law firm can help the neurologist should be collaborating on babies of families adversely affected by this anti-seizure drug and can help obtain your behalf. compensation for injuries and medical expenses. 9. Painting your baby’s room purple! Anapol Schwartz has offices in Pennsylvania, 10. Educating yourself about Topamax New Jersey, West Virginia, and Arizona. (generic topiramate). The drug has been available in the United States since 1996. On March 4, 2011, the Food & Drug Administration announced that newborns of pregnant women taking Topamax during their first trimester had twice the risk for cleft palate and cleft lip birth defects.philadelphia, pa | cherry Hill, nJ | media, pa | reading, pa | Harrisburg, pa | wheeling, wV | (of counsel) columbus, oH | scottsdale, aZDISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Please use this information to help in your conversation with your doctor. This is generalbackground information and should not be followed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor regarding all medical questions and for all medical treatment.