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How to you find the right epilepsy medication?

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Which epilepsy medication is best for you depends on many factors, including:

Type of epilepsy. There are different forms of epilepsy, Not all medications work on all types of seizures. Sometimes, an epilepsy medication can make seizures worse. If your doctor can't determine what type of seizures you have, you may be prescribed what's known as a "broad-spectrum" epilepsy medication.

Also, you may have other medical conditions that dictate which epilepsy medications you can or cannot safely take. For example, liver and kidney disease may alter the levels of epilepsy medication in your bloodstream. Your doctor may also consider your risk of osteoporosis before prescribing an epilepsy drug. Some epilepsy drugs can cause bone loss and lead to osteoporosis.

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "Epilepsy Treatments;" "Special Concerns about Seizure Medications;" and "Ask the Expert (July 2003): Choosing an Effective Therapy for Women and Girls."

American Epilepsy Outreach Foundation: "Treatment: Medication."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Epilepsy."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "Epilepsy Treatments;" "Special Concerns about Seizure Medications;" and "Ask the Expert (July 2003): Choosing an Effective Therapy for Women and Girls."

American Epilepsy Outreach Foundation: "Treatment: Medication."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Epilepsy."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2017

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