A few of the questions you'll find answered here:
- 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?
The Epilepsy Foundation is dedicated to helping people with seizures and their families lead full and unrestricted lives according to their own wishes.
"No seizures, no side effects" is the goal of 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.
- While seizure medicines are the mainstay of epilepsy treatment, there are other approaches to think about too.
- If your seizures are difficult to control, meaning you continue to have seizures after one year or after two anti-seizure medications have been tried, we recommend seeking more specialized care.
- Epilepsy centers provide a team approach to caring for people with seizures and epilepsy. Testing is available to diagnose whether a person has seizures and the type of epilepsy they may have.
- Epilepsy experts can help explore all treatment options, including new or add-on seizure medications, surgery, devices, dietary therapy, or a clinical trial.
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!