Your doctor will suggest the best medication for you based on the seizure type, ease of use, potential side effects, interaction with other medication, and potential impact on other medical conditions. Special consideration in the choice of medication is given to women of childbearing age and older patients.
Medications are increased gradually to the maximum dose that does not cause serious side effects. Additional medications can be prescribed if seizures continue to occur. Common epilepsy medications include:
A complete list of medications to treat epileptic seizures include can be found at the Epilepsy Foundation Website.
Medications not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be available to subjects who participate in research clinical trials. Clinical trials are conducted to study the safety and effectiveness of new medications. Patients interested in clinical trials should discuss this with their physician.