Epileptic patients who take anti-seizure drugs less than 80% of the time are at higher risk of emergency room visits, hospitalization and death, according to a study of Medicaid patient records from 1997 to 2006. The lead study author said patients skip medication for many reasons, including cost and pregnancy, but the findings suggest that "none of those reasons overshadow the threat of death or other problems related to uncontrolled seizures."

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