Sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (1644)

Key points below

Alert: Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. 

What is SUDEP?

SUDEP is when a person with epilepsy dies suddenly.

Who is at risk for SUDEP?

People with epilepsy who:

It is more likely with generalized tonic-clonic seizures (full body shaking).

How can I reduce the risk of SUDEP?

Seizure control is the best prevention.

What if my child misses a dose of medicine?

It is important to give medicines on time.

Where can I get more information about SUDEP and seizures?


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any concerns or if your child:

  • is having seizures more often.
  • is not able to take their medicine.
  • has special health care needs not covered by this information.