Epilepsy - Medications
If you or your child has epilepsy and
needs to begin or change a medicine routine, talk to your doctor about what to
expect from treatment with the medicine. You may or may not have a choice
between medicines, depending on the types of seizures you or your child has and
other factors. Thinking about and asking
questions about antiepileptic medicines will help you
prepare for the treatment.
special concerns for women who take antiepileptic medicines. Before you become
pregnant, be sure to talk to your doctor about how to
handle your treatment.
You may think about
stopping medicines if you have not had a seizure in
several years. About 6 to 7 out of 10 people in this situation are able to stop
taking antiepileptic medicines without having another seizure again for several
years.3 But do not stop taking your medicine without first talking with your doctor.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on antiepileptic
medicines and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead,
people who take antiepileptic medicine should be watched closely for warning
signs of suicide. People who take antiepileptic medicine and who are worried
about this side effect should talk to a doctor. For more information, see
warning signs of suicide in adults and
warning signs of suicide in children and teens.