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What should you do when epilepsy drugs don't work for your child?

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In most cases, epilepsy drugs will work. Be patient. Sometimes, the drugs take weeks to take effect. Your child may start a new drug and have a seizure a few weeks later. This doesn't always mean the drug isn't working. There may not be enough of the drug in your child's system yet to have an effect.

But if you give a medication time to work and it doesn’t help, ask your doctor about trying other drugs. If your child does not respond to the first two or three treatments for epilepsy, visit a specialist who knows more about treating epilepsy in children.

From: Drugs for Children With Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2017

SOURCES: Solomon L. Moshe, MD. Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Director of Clinical Neurophysiology and Child Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; past president of the American Epilepsy Society. William R. Turk, MD. Division chief, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, The Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. Freeman, J. et al. 2nd ed. 2002. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities web site. Nemours Foundation web site. Epilepsy Foundation web site. American Epilepsy Society web site. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke web site. Epilepsy Foundation Entitled 2 Respect web site. Medscape Epilepsy Resource Center web site. WebMD Medical News: "Epilepsy Surgery Works for Many." WebMD Medical News: "Epilepsy Treatments' Failure: Gene Link?" Supernus Pharmaceuticals web site.  












Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide.

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2017

SOURCES: Solomon L. Moshe, MD. Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Director of Clinical Neurophysiology and Child Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York; past president of the American Epilepsy Society. William R. Turk, MD. Division chief, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, The Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. Freeman, J. et al. 2nd ed. 2002. National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities web site. Nemours Foundation web site. Epilepsy Foundation web site. American Epilepsy Society web site. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke web site. Epilepsy Foundation Entitled 2 Respect web site. Medscape Epilepsy Resource Center web site. WebMD Medical News: "Epilepsy Surgery Works for Many." WebMD Medical News: "Epilepsy Treatments' Failure: Gene Link?" Supernus Pharmaceuticals web site.  












Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide.

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2017

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