If you have epilepsy, it's important to know when you need to call a doctor.
In general, you should call your doctor if any new symptoms occur. You should also call your doctor if you have any side effects from your medication. Side effects vary among the different drugs, but can include:
Seizures occur in girls and boys at an equal rate and are more common before the age of 15 and after age 65. Inherited seizures are more likely to occur in girls. Seizures occurring after head trauma are more likely in boys. For now, there is no way to screen for a seizure disorder before it develops. However, avoiding head injuries -- such as by wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle -- can reduce the risk of acquiring a seizure disorder.