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How effective are epilepsy medications?

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Half of people with newly diagnosed epilepsy will become seizure-free with the first epilepsy drug they try. For the rest, it's try, try again: You switch epilepsy medications, adjust to side effects, and wait to see if the new drug works. Or you might get your seizures under control but find you can't handle the drug's side effects.

From: Should You Switch Epilepsy Medications? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

French, J.A. 2008. New England Journal of Medicine,

The Epilepsy Foundation.

Berg, M.J. published online June 24, 2008. Epilepsy & Behavior,

Liow, K. 2007. Neurology,

Steven Schachter, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; board of directors, Epilepsy Foundation.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 8, 2019

SOURCES:

French, J.A. 2008. New England Journal of Medicine,

The Epilepsy Foundation.

Berg, M.J. published online June 24, 2008. Epilepsy & Behavior,

Liow, K. 2007. Neurology,

Steven Schachter, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; board of directors, Epilepsy Foundation.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 8, 2019

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