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What should I do if the epilepsy medication did not work?

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Finding the best epilepsy medication for you can be complicated. Your doctor may need to change your medicine or dose from time to time to better control your seizures or reduce unpleasant side effects.

If medications do not control your seizures very well, your doctor may recommend surgery or an implanted device called a vagus nerve stimulator. For children with epilepsy, the doctor may suggest a special diet.

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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