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When can you stop taking your epilepsy medication?

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Some people are able to stop their seizure medication. This should be done only with your doctor’s advice and help.

If you haven’t had any seizures in at least 2-4 years, your doctor may help you slowly stop your medication.

Some types of seizures happen only in children and younger teenagers. If you’re an older teenager or young adult, your doctor might think it’s safe for you to stop your medication.

SOURCES:

The Epilepsy Foundation: “Blood Testing,” “Choosing a First Medicine,” “Drug Interactions,” “How Medicines Work,” “If First Medicine Doesn’t Work,” “Ketogenic Diet,” “Responsive Neurostimulation,” “Seizure and Epilepsy Medicines,” “Stopping Medication,” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS),” “What’s First?”

Medscape: “Epilepsy and Seizures Medication.”

Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy: Treatment.”

Yale School of Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: “How is epilepsy treated?”

UCSF Medical Center: “Epilepsy Treatment.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

SOURCES:

The Epilepsy Foundation: “Blood Testing,” “Choosing a First Medicine,” “Drug Interactions,” “How Medicines Work,” “If First Medicine Doesn’t Work,” “Ketogenic Diet,” “Responsive Neurostimulation,” “Seizure and Epilepsy Medicines,” “Stopping Medication,” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS),” “What’s First?”

Medscape: “Epilepsy and Seizures Medication.”

Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy: Treatment.”

Yale School of Medicine Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: “How is epilepsy treated?”

UCSF Medical Center: “Epilepsy Treatment.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

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