When epilepsy is diagnosed, medicine (called anti-seizure or antiepileptic medicine) are often prescribed. This medicine helps control the seizures. The doctor will choose the medicine based on the child’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 medicine. Sometimes the medicine will need to be changed if there are side effects that are too much to handle or if it doesn't control the seizures.
It is vital to report seizures and side effects to the health care team, so that you can work together to make the best treatment plan.
When Medication Is Prescribed
- It is vital for your child to take epilepsy medicine exactly as it is prescribed. The health care team will teach you how to give the medicine. Your child should not skip doses or stop the medicine all of the sudden. This may lead to more seizures. Always know the name of the medicine, the amount, the times that it is to be taken, and the possible side effects.
- Blood tests may be ordered. The tests look at blood counts, liver function, kidney function, and the level of the medicine in the blood stream.
- Certain medicine may interact with seizure medicine. It is vital that you check with your doctor 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 hard to follow through with treatment plans. These reasons vary and can be due to things such as: medicine side effects, not understanding the treatment plan, having unanswered questions, money problems or transportation needs. It is vital that you let us know when there are concerns. You are a vital part of the team. We will partner with you to help solve these issues together to give your child the best possible care.