Epilepsy - Medications
What to think about continued...
Building a medicine routine that works can be
hard. Finding the correct dosage of a medicine may take months. Some
people may have skin rashes, nausea, loss of coordination, and other short-term
problems when they first start taking medicine for epilepsy. When the first
medicine you try does not prevent seizures or you cannot tolerate its side
effects, the doctor may have to start the process all over again with a
different medicine. The chances of
medicine therapy failure increase as the number of
medicines tried increases.
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.2 But do not stop taking your medicine without first talking with your doctor.
FDA Advisory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
issued an advisory on antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and the risk of suicide. Talk
to your doctor about these possible side effects and the warning signs of suicide in adults and in children and teens.