Drug Treatment of Epilepsy

There are a number of different drugs which are commonly prescribed for epilepsy and these may be referred to by the name of the drug itself the generic name) or by its trade name (the brand name used by the company which makes the drug). The doctor's choice of drug may be limited by the fact that perhaps only one or two of these drugs are likely to be effective in controlling a particular type of epilepsy.

Anti-epileptic drugs also come in many different forms - tablets, coated pills, capsules, syrups and liquids. There are many factors which can affect which form the doctor chooses.

For example, an injection of fluid may be preferred when the drug must be taken in to the blood stream quickly, whereas syrups are often used for people who may have difficulty swallowing tablets.

What do these drugs do?

Anti-epileptic drugs do not cure epilepsy they only control it. » read more


What is the right amount for me?

The most effective amount for controlling seizures varies from person to person. » read more


Do drugs for epilepsy have side effects?

Anti-epileptic drugs are not addictive but they may sometimes have side effects. » read more


Will I need to take drugs for a lifetime?

For some people the answer is "yes". » read more


Precautions with medication

Most children like to copy adults and may be tempted to copy a parent who takes tablets every day. » read more

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