Primary Generalized Tonic-clonic Seizures
FYCOMPA® is a prescription medicine that is used with other medications to treat primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures (also called grand mal seizures) in people who are 12 years of age and older.
- What is a primary generalized tonic-clonic seizure (also called grand mal seizure)?
- What are the other symptoms?
- How can you manage them?
What is a primary generalized tonic-clonic seizure (also called grand mal seizure)?
The name “primary generalized tonic-clonic seizure" can be hard to understand. To help you understand it, take a look at the meaning of each word:
Primary means the seizure happens without another one happening first.
Generalized means it starts in more than one place in the brain.
Tonic is the first stage of the seizure, when the muscles stiffen.
Clonic is the second stage, when the muscles begin to jerk rapidly.
What are the other symptoms?
Along with the tonic phase and the clonic phase, certain symptoms can happen before, during, and after a seizure.
- Feeling a warning. This is different for each person. It is a strange feeling or sense that lets you know a seizure is about to happen
- Crying out, because of air being forced out of the lungs
- Losing awareness
- Losing control of the bowels or bladder
- Feeling confused
- Loss of energy
- Getting a headache
How can you manage them?
Everyone has different responses to medication. Some people take medication but still have seizures. When this happens, they are called “uncontrolled seizures.”
If you experience primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures and need additional control, ask your doctor if FYCOMPA may be right for you.