An accurate diagnosis of the type of epilepsy (not just the type of seizure, because most seizure types occur in different types of epilepsy) a person has is very important in choosing the best treatment. The type of medication prescribed will also depend on several factors specific to each patient, such as which side effects can be tolerated, other illnesses he or she may have, and which delivery method is acceptable.
Congratulations! You've successfully become pregnant and given birth to your baby. This is something many women take for granted, but when you have epilepsy, fertility and pregnancy pose unique challenges. Now that you've had your baby, you probably have a number of concerns and questions. And you may or may not have to make some lifestyle changes to keep your baby safe and healthy.
One question will arise almost immediately. Can you safely breastfeed your child? Just as you may have worried about...
Below is a list of some of the most common brand-name drugs currently used to treat epilepsy. Your doctor may prefer that you take the brand name of anticonvulsant and not the generic substitution. Talk with your doctor about this important issue.
Treats partial and some generalized seizures; is used rarely and only when no other medications have been effective.
Side effects include decreased appetite, weight loss, inability to sleep, headache, and depression. Although rare, the drug may cause bone marrow or liver failure. Therefore, the use of the drug is limited and patients taking it must have blood cell counts and liver tests regularly during therapy.