Information for Caregivers
Addressing administration challenges
Caring for someone with epilepsy can be a very rewarding experience. However, like any supportive role, you may also find it has challenging moments.
Some of your challenges may be personal, such as making sure you take good care of yourself. Others may be related to the specific needs of your loved one.
Whether you care for a young child or adolescent, or an elderly family member or friend, one challenge you may face is helping your loved one take their epilepsy medicine as prescribed at the same time every day. Sometimes, taking (or giving) medicine can be difficult, especially if the person you care for:
Struggles to swallow tablets, capsules, or pills
Dislikes the texture and/or taste of medicine
Has a medical condition that makes it difficult to swallow
If the person you care for has trouble taking their medication, it may be helpful to know that other people cope with this problem, too. But many of them don’t tell their healthcare provider (HCP).
If someone you care for has trouble taking medicine, you may want to talk to your HCP about SPRITAM® (levetiracetam). SPRITAM was developed so that people with certain types of epilepsy—and caregivers like you—can have a treatment option that patients may find surprisingly easy to take (see why).
To find out if SPRITAM may be right for the person you care for, click here to fill out a simple questionnaire. Be sure to bring the completed questionnaire to your next appointment and discuss your answers with your loved one’s HCP. Don’t hesitate to ask your HCP any questions you may have about seizures, how to help a loved one who has epilepsy, and about treatment with SPRITAM.
To help manage epilepsy, it’s important that your loved one takes their epilepsy medicine exactly as prescribed and never misses a dose.