How are seizures and epilepsy treated? What should I do if someone has a seizure? When seizure medications don't work, what else can be tried? These are just a few of the questions that you'll find answered here.

Some treatment goals are common to everyone.

  • Everyone should know what to do when a person is having a seizure.
  • All people with seizures and their families should know that the real goal of treating epilepsy is to stop seizures or control them as best as possible.
  • But you are more than just a seizure and how epilepsy affects you and your family may be different from someone else. Don't forget the most important goal of the Epilepsy Foundation - helping people with seizures and their families lead full and unrestricted lives according to their own wishes.

Patient and doctor discussing treatment options"No seizures, no side effects" is the motto for epilepsy treatment. Not every person will reach that goal right now, but research and getting the "right care at the right time" can help more people achieve it each year.

You may learn things here that can help you right away or later on. While seizure medicines are the mainstay of epilepsy treatment, there are other approaches to think about too. We hope these sections will help you learn about different treatments and get the help you need.

  • Learn about the basics of Treatment 101 to help you get started.
  • Look at Receiving Quality Care to see what to expect when you have just been diagnosed or after you have already started treatment.
  • Then learn about specific treatments, what to do if seizures don't stop, and how to develop your health care team.
  • You'll also find tools to help you manage your epilepsy or learn about research studies in other sections, so don't stop here!
Authored by: Steven C. Schachter, MD | Patricia O. Shafer, RN, MN | Joseph I. Sirven, MD on 7/2013
Reviewed by: Joseph I. Sirven, MD | Patricia O. Shafer, RN, MN on 3/2014
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