When epilepsy is diagnosed, medications (called antiseizure or antiepileptic medications) are usually prescribed. The provider will choose the medication based on the person's age, weight, seizure type and physical condition.
The goal of treatment is the best quality of life, no seizures, and no side effects from the medication. Sometimes the medication will need to be changed if there are intolerable side effects or if it doesn't control the seizures.
It is important to report seizures and side effects to the medical team, so that you can work together to develop the best treatment plan.
When Medication Is Prescribed
- It is important for your child to take epilepsy medication exactly as it is prescribed. The healthcare team will teach you how to administer the medication. Your child should not skip doses or suddenly stop the medication because more seizures may occur. Always know the name of the medicine and the amount and times that it is to be taken and the possible side effects.
- Blood tests may be ordered for people who take seizure medication. The tests can be ordered to look at blood counts, liver function, kidney function, and to look at the level of medication in the bloodstream.
- Certain medications may interact with seizure medicine so it is important that you check with your provider before your child takes a new medicine that has been prescribed, or for any vitamins, alternative medicines, herbs, or over-the-counter medicine that your child takes.
- Sometimes families find it difficult to follow through with treatment recommendations. Reasons include medicine side effects, not understanding the treatment plan, having unanswered questions, financial problems or transportation needs. It is important to notify us when there are concerns. You are an important part of the team and we will partner with you to resolve these issues together to provide your child the best possible care.