Epilepsy Treatment Directory
Epilepsy treatments include medications that control seizures. Other treatment options include surgery and nerve stimulation. For some, the ketogenic diet can help; however, this diet requires medical supervision. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how epilepsy is treated with different medications and other therapies.
Imaging Tests for Epilepsy-Topic Overview
Imaging tests, such as MRI or CT scan, are often done after a first seizure. And they are recommended in other situations. An MRI or CT scan may be done immediately if you had a seizure along with confusion or new motor or sensory problems that did not improve soon after the seizure ended. Ongoing headache or fever, AIDS, recent head trauma, cancer, or anticoagulant therapy also increases the likelihood that the seizure was related to a serious brain problem. The nature of the seizure and your age can also help determine whether an imaging test is needed.Imaging tests may be used before epilepsy surgery to find the exact location of a problem in the brain. Because scans are able to detect brain lesions, they can also be helpful in deciding whether it is safe to stop treatment with medicine. The presence of lesions increases your risk of having seizures if you stop taking medicine.
Working With Your Doctor for the Best Epilepsy Treatment
If you've just been diagnosed with epilepsy, you will want to know all your options for treatment. WebMD explains various medications and surgical options to control seizures.
Finding the Right Epilepsy Medication for You
WebMD helps you navigate epilepsy medications to find the most appropriate one for you.
Drugs for Children With Epilepsy
Advances in epilepsy drug research have made a real difference in the lives of children with the disease. WebMD tells you more.
Generic Epilepsy Medications
Will switching to a generic epilepsy medication give you more seizures?
Epilepsy Medications: Finding the Right Drug to Control Seizures
In the past 15 years, the number of epilepsy drugs available has more than doubled. Learn how to find the right epilepsy medication for controlling your seizures.
Tip Sheet: Successful Epilepsy Treatment
Epilepsy treatments that work best go beyond the right medication. These smart tips cover taking your medication, interacting with your doctor, handling side effects, and more.
Tip Sheet: Avoiding Epilepsy Drug Interactions
Many epilepsy drugs interact with each other, with over-the-counter medicines, and with other prescription drugs. Here's how to avoid potentially harmful drug interactions.
Slideshows & Images
Top views of the brain show normal tissue (see figure 1) and abnormal tissue from an injury that causes seizures (see figure 2). Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. All rights reserved. ...
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Epilepsy
Shaking, a blank stare, and confusion are symptoms of epilepsy shown in our comprehensive slideshow about this brain condition.
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