What is epilepsy?Epilepsy is defined by the occurrence of at least two unprovoked seizures occurring more than 24 hours apart. Seizures are caused by a sudden and abnormal pattern of electrical activity in brain cells. An estimated 65 million individuals worldwide currently live with epilepsy, with men, women, and children of all ethnic backgrounds equally at risk.
What are the symptoms of Epilepsy?In many cases, seizures result in convulsions and loss of consciousness. Seizures may also present in other ways that affect personality, mood, memory, sensation, and/or movement. Blank stares, intermittent eye movements, and rapid involuntary movements of the extremities are examples of possible displays of seizures.
What are the benefits of rxSEEK™ Epilepsy?rxSEEK™ Epilepsy tests an individual’s ability to metabolize anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) based on the haplotype sequence of certain liver enzymes involved in drug and chemical metabolism. The report contains:
- Easy-to-read classification of the common anticonvulsants and benzodiazepines used according to the patient’s metabolism profile for each drug
- Dosing guidance for each drug, including potential interactions with other drugs (efficacy and/or toxicity)