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What questions should I ask my doctor about epilepsy medication?

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Together, you and your doctor will decide which epilepsy medication might be best for you. Here are some questions to ask your doctor about epilepsy medication:

  • How and when do I take this medicine?
  • What side effects might it have?
  • Will this medicine cause any long-term health risks?
  • Can I safely take this drug with the other medications I take?
  • I take birth control pills. Will this drug affect how they work?
  • Can I take this drug if I get pregnant?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?
  • How long do I have to wait to drive if you change my medication?
  • Is there a generic I could take?

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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