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What will your doctor do if your epilepsy treatment does not work?

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Your doctor can try certain things to help keep your seizures under better control. For instance, he might try different combinations of drugs.

Your doctor may also put a device under your skin that sends electrical signals to one of your nerves, called the vagus nerve. This may cut the number of seizures you get.

Surgery that removes a part of the brain that causes your seizures may also be an option.

With any of these treatments, you may still need to take epilepsy medicine throughout your life.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Neurology.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Refractory Epilepsy."

Merck Manual Home Edition : "Seizure Disorders."

Stanford Epilepsy Center: "What Causes Epilepsy?"

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Intractable Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "What Is a Seizure?" "Refractory Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Action: "Epilepsy Seizures Explained," "Some Common Seizure Triggers."

University of Pittsburgh: "Adult Epilepsy Surgical Options," “Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders," “Responsive Neurostimulation.”

Neuromodulation : “Deep Brain Stimulation.”

International Neuromodulation Society: “Neuromodulation: Closed-Loop Stimulation for Epilepsy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Study: Continuous electrical brain stimulation helps patients with epilepsy.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Neurology.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Refractory Epilepsy."

Merck Manual Home Edition : "Seizure Disorders."

Stanford Epilepsy Center: "What Causes Epilepsy?"

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Intractable Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "What Is a Seizure?" "Refractory Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Action: "Epilepsy Seizures Explained," "Some Common Seizure Triggers."

University of Pittsburgh: "Adult Epilepsy Surgical Options," “Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders," “Responsive Neurostimulation.”

Neuromodulation : “Deep Brain Stimulation.”

International Neuromodulation Society: “Neuromodulation: Closed-Loop Stimulation for Epilepsy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Study: Continuous electrical brain stimulation helps patients with epilepsy.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

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