Epilepsy medications are designed to prevent seizures. There are about 20 of them currently, some developed as many as 60 to 70 years ago, others much more recently.
In general, the newer medicines are thought to be as or more effective than the older ones, but with fewer side effects.
Each type of epilepsy (and there are several) can be matched with a group of medicines most likely to be effective. If one does not work, or has unpleasant side effects, there are others that can be tried.
This tool will help you learn more about the medications for epilepsy and seizures. If you are taking medication and still having seizures, ask your doctor if there are other medications that you could try.
Ask if newer medications might help. ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE CHANGING MEDICATIONS.
In these difficult times, a number of pharmaceuticals have come forward with expanded or new patient assistance programs to help individuals needing seizure medication. Here is a list of the current programs in operation that can be posted on your website with active hyperlinks. »See Information About Patient Assistance Program