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What are the steps to changing my medication for epilepsy?

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1. Choose a new drug. Your doctor will work with you to weigh the pros and cons, possible side effects, and if you’re planning to get pregnant.

2. You usually start taking the new drug while still on the old one. You slowly raise the dose of the new medication each week.

3. Your doctor may keep you on both drugs for a while, or have you slowly step down on the old one. Switching medications can take several weeks.

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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