Over the past 40 years new anti-epilepsy drugs have become available which enable about 75% of people with epilepsy to live seizure free.
Why are drugs prescribed?
The purpose of treatment is to control (not cure) epilepsy by getting rid of all seizures or at the very least by greatly reducing their number without producing undesirable drug side effects. Reaching this balance may take several weeks, months or even longer. During this period some people will experience adverse symptoms which can make them lose heart. In a few, control of seizures will never be fully gained, but it is most important to continue with the treatment and to keep a record of the number of seizures and any side effects experienced. This record will help the doctor to make the best decision if it becomes necessary either to change the dose of the medication being taken or to try another drug.