For many years, antiepileptic
medicine was the only treatment for people with
epilepsy. This is still true for many people, although
surgery is now an option for some. Seizures that cannot be controlled with
medicine or treated by surgery may sometimes respond to other
Special diets. For example, the ketogenic diet is a diet that
tries to force the body to use more fat for energy (instead of sugar) by
severely limiting carbohydrates—such as bread, pasta, fruits, and
vegetables—and total calories.
Nerve stimulation. For example, vagus nerve stimulation sends weak electrical signals to the
vagus nerve in your neck, which in turn sends the signals to your brain at
regular intervals to reduce seizures.
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