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 (although most patients notice only mild side effects that tend to go away over time). You should also call your doctor if you have side effects from your medication that might include:
Affecting about two of every 1,000 people, absence seizures (formerly called ''petit mal'' seizures) are caused by abnormal and intense electrical activity in the brain.
Normally, the brain's nerve cells (neurons) communicate with one another by firing tiny electric signals. But with a seizure, these signals become abnormal. Seizures may affect an isolated part of the brain or may involve abnormal activity in the whole brain (called generalized seizures). Absence seizures are one form of generalized...