Seizure medications are developed to treat different types of seizures. We learn more about medicines after a drug has been available for a while and used in larger numbers of people.Yet, it is often hard to know which drugs may be best for different types of epilepsy and how they compare to one another.

Guidelines have been developed by the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) to help health care professionals understand published research findings on the use of the newer seizure medicines. These guidelines summarize the use of newer seizure medicines for people newly diagnosed with seizures and for those with refractory seizures (seizures that have not been successfully controlled by medication). A third guideline summarizes information on available treatments for refractory epilepsy. These guidelines do not give information about the use of the older seizure medicines or include newer research published since the guidelines were made.

 

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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