MODULE 3: Epilepsy Support and Non-medication Management 30 Status Epilepticus and SUDEP Is status epilepticus the same thing as SUDEP? No. Status epilepticus is a prolonged, severe seizure that can cause brain injury.14 SUDEP is a sudden unexpected death related to epilepsy. SUDEP can happen with or without a seizure.15 Can status epilepticus lead to death? It can lead to death, but it does not always lead to death.16 Can SUDEP affect anyone with epilepsy? SUDEP can affect anyone with epilepsy, but people with generalized tonic-clonic seizures are at the greatest risk of SUDEP.15 How can I prevent SUDEP? The best way to prevent SUDEP is to take your AEDs regularly to help control your seizures. Here are some other things you can do15 : • Do not sleep face down • Talk to your doctor about whether surgery for epilepsy is an option for you