It’s important to take the right dose and type of medication to control your epilepsy. Your doctor will work with you to find what prescriptions are best, but everyone is different. A medication and dose that works for one person may not work for you.
When your doctor first prescribes a medication for epilepsy, you’ll usually start with a low dose. Depending on its effectiveness, it may be increased until your seizures are controlled or reduced. Sometimes you’ll need multiple medications to fully control your epilepsy.
While medications may cause some side effects, it’s important to take them as your doctor prescribed. Not taking your medications can have serious side effects, such as:
- Status epilepticus, a condition that causes continuous seizures and can lead to serious complications.
- Making future seizures more difficult to manage and control.
To help you avoid these complications, here are some medication do’s and don’ts.