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Medication for Seizures and Epilepsy

Decisions about seizure or epilepsy medication should be made by the patient or parent/guardian and the physician, using a risk-benefit analysis. There is no “correct” dose of medication to treat seizures or epilepsy – the proper dose of medication is the one that controls a seizure without significant side effects.

The risks and consequences of each medication vary with:

  • The type of medicine
  • Dosage
  • Individual’s reaction to the medication
  • Other medications and medical conditions
  • Age of the patient
  • Length of time the patient takes medication
  • Type and frequency of seizures
  • The time of day the seizures occur

The brain is a complex organ, and since the interactions occurring inside it cannot be accurately simulated in a lab, it is hard to identify the best medication for treatment. The only way to determine the best treatment for each patient is through appropriate medication trials.

Our doctors will work with you to properly find the correct anticonvulsant medication, calculate the correct dose, and help bring your condition under control. 

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