FYCOMPA® Treats Different Types of Seizures

FYCOMPA is a prescription medicine used:

  • to treat partial-onset seizures with or without secondarily generalized seizures in people with epilepsy who are 4 years of age and older
  • with other medicines to treat primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in people with epilepsy who are 12 years of age and older


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Partial-onset seizures

(also known as “focal”)

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Happen in one part of
the brain

  • Usually last less than 2 minutes
  • Experiences can vary depending on where the seizure occurs in the brain
  • Stiffening or jerking movements
  • Changes in smell, taste, and hearing
  • Strange sensations in the body can occur or impact how people think or experience events
  • Sometimes memory is lost


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Start on one side of the brain
and spread to the other


(also known as “grand mal”)

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Start on both sides of the
brain at the same time

  • Usually last 1 to 2 minutes
  • Happen without warning
  • Movements can be strong or forceful
  • Loss of consciousness, falling to the floor
  • Breathing can be temporarily impaired
  • No memory of the event happening


Along with the tonic phase and the clonic phase, certain symptoms can happen before, during, and after a seizure.

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What happens during a seizure?

The way you move, act, or feel can change during a seizure. You might get confused and may not be aware of what’s going on around you. Each type of seizure causes different symptoms. That's why it's important for your doctor to find out what type of seizure you have.

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What may cause a seizure to happen?

Some people’s seizures may have triggers—certain things that cause their seizures to happen. Trying to learn your triggers is an important part of understanding your seizures.

Triggers can be:

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What are the 2 types of partial-onset seizures?

There are 2 types of partial-onset seizures—simple partial seizures and complex partial seizures.

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What are breakthrough seizures?

Everyone has different responses to each medication. Some people take medication but continue to have seizures. When this happens, the seizures are called “breakthrough seizures.”

If you experience partial-onset seizures with or without secondary generalization, or experience primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures and need additional control, ask your doctor if FYCOMPA may be right for you. Already taking FYCOMPA? See how FYCOMPA can help.

Not sure if your seizures are controlled? Take the Seizure Treatment Quiz.

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