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Treatment Options

While epilepsy is different for everyone, the majority (70%) of people with epilepsy are able to control their seizures with the help of medications or other treatments. Finding the right medication is a very individualized process, and may take trying several different seizure medications or a combination of medications to find which ones work best.

Working with a neurologist who specializes in brain disorders is recommended if you are newly diagnosed. If you’re unable to gain seizure control through the use of medication, the next step is working with an epileptologist or visiting a comprehensive epilepsy center and exploring other options.

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Comprehensive epilepsy centers offer advanced testing and treatment options, including surgery and dietary therapy. You’ll also have access to psychologists, social workers, neurosurgeons, and epileptologists. These centers are recommended for people who fail to gain seizure control through medication or have co-occurring conditions such as mental health disorders, autism, pregnancy, and so forth.

Clinician's Corner

Managing Your Medication

The overwhelming majority of those with epilepsy or seizure disorders do well with no seizures and no side effects with taking medications. The number one cause of seizures in those with epilepsy is missing pills, or not taking seizure medications as prescribed, often called non-compliance or non-adherence.

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You're not in this alone

Other people have navigated this same path in search of effective seizure control. Find support from others in the epilepsy community.

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