Managing epilepsy in Ramadan: guidance for healthcare providers and patients

Mahmood, A., Abbasi, H. N., Ghouri, N. , Mohammed, R. and Leach, J. P. (2020) Managing epilepsy in Ramadan: guidance for healthcare providers and patients. Epilepsy and Behavior, 111, 107117. (doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107117) (PMID:32599428)

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Abstract

Ramadan is a regularly recurring period of fasting that takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. For this period, adult Muslims refrain from eating and drinking between dawn and sunset. The variation in summer daylight hours means that at temperate latitudes, fasting can last up to 20 h. It is already recognized that epilepsy control can deteriorate during Ramadan, and this may be explained by fasting-related changes to adherence to antiseizure drug regimes. This article provides specific advice to help Muslim patients prepare for Ramadan and reduce chances of exacerbation in epilepsy. In addition to advice around sleep hygiene, it explores the use of drugs or preparations of drugs that will demonstrate reduced variation during periods of fasting.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Leach, Dr John Paul and Ghouri, Dr Nazim and Abbasi, Hina and Mahmood, Dr Ammad
Authors: Mahmood, A., Abbasi, H. N., Ghouri, N., Mohammed, R., and Leach, J. P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Epilepsy and Behavior
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1525-5050
ISSN (Online):1525-5069
Published Online:26 June 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc
First Published:First published in Epilepsy and Behavior 111:107117
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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