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Young Epilepsy supports new epilepsy medication DVD

The first downloadable DVD resource to explain what life is like for people using epilepsy medication is now available on YouTube. Entitled Taking the tablets, this new DVD answers many common questions that newly-diagnosed individuals want to know about anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs).

Five national epilepsy charities, all members of the Joint Epilepsy Council, have collaborated to fill an important DVD information gap about why taking tablets matters. Epilepsy Action, Epilepsy Bereaved, Epilepsy Scotland, the National Society for Epilepsy and The Young Epilepsy pooled their health expertise and contacts. Volunteers agreed to share their experiences of being on epilepsy drugs on camera for the benefit of others.

Dr. Henry Smithson, a Senior Lecturer in General Practice who took part in the DVD said: Anti-epileptic drugs are the commonest form of treatment used for people who have seizures. The majority of people with epilepsy are looking at taking medication for a long period of time, indeed sometimes life-long.

This short DVD is straightforward about the reasons to take medication and is based on first hand experiences. People can put their mind at rest by also talking things over with their doctor, specialist nurse or local epilepsy helpline. Two thousand copies of the DVD have been produced and distributed across the UK for use at epilepsy clinics and by specialist nurses and fieldworkers. The general public across the world can view Taking the tablets on YouTube.

Taking the tablets patient resource DVD was produced by Alice Hanscomb (Hanscomb Training and Consultancy) with Victor Jamison (Quadrillion TV production company).

The Joint Epilepsy Council (JEC of the UK and Ireland is an umbrella organisation with 24 members.)

Copies of the DVD can be obtained by contacting the Young Epilepsy's helpline at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on tel 01342 831342 Monday-Friday 9am-1pm.

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