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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Am I having nocturnal seizures?

    I've been waking up in the middle of the night completely startled and wake up from biting my tongue and not sure if this is related but I've also been experiencing night sweats as well. I am currently taking an antisiezure medication to help with my mood disorder (lamotrigine) and an antidepressant (escitalopram). I am just really concerned what's going on. I am aware that both have side effects but dont know if my symptoms could possibly be a different health concern.
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  • Established in 1952, Epilepsy Action Australia provides education and support for people with epilepsy, their families and community, and professional groups. These services promote self-management … View Profile

    Epilepsy has a complex association with sleep, and certainly it would be beneficial to have these events investigated further with the assistance of your prescribing doctor. It may be useful to keep a diary with information about these events, including when they occur and what happens for you as this can be useful to your specialist or GP. 

    We recommend seeking a professional opinion in this instance becase in some instances sleep disorders can be confused with seizure activity. Like seizures, sleep disorders can also be characterised by confusion, unusual behaviour and abnormal movements. 

    For further information, please use this link or contact us on 1300 37 45 37:
    http://www.epilepsy.org.au/about-epilepsy/understanding-epilepsy/nocturnal-seizures-during-sleep
     

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