If you have been diagnosed with epilepsy, you and your doctor will need to decide how to treat the seizures.

The first treatment is usually a seizure medication. There are many different seizure medicines. Your doctor will recommend the right medicine for you, depending on:

  • The type of seizures you have
  • Your age and sex
  • Other medical problems you may have
  • Side effects the medicine might cause
  • If you are a woman who wants to get pregnant

Once you and your doctor decide which seizure medicine to try first, make sure you learn how to take the medicine. You’ll need to take seizure medicine every day, for a long time, so it’s important to know what to do. 

Here are some questions to ask:

  • How much medicine do I take (what is my dose)?
  • What is the best time of day to take it?
  • Should I take the medicine before or after a meal?
  • What side effects may happen?
  • Are there any side effects that I should tell you about right away?
  • Can I drive when I start taking this medicine?
  • Is there anything else I shouldn’t do or should be careful of when starting this medicine?
  • Will I need to get blood tests? When should blood tests be done?
  • When should I come back for a follow-up visit?
  • What else do I need to know about this medicine?
  • Where can I learn more about seizure medications 
Authored By: 
Patricia O. Shafer RN, MN
Authored Date: 
Monday, October 27, 2014
Reviewed By: 
Joseph I. Sirven MD
Reviewed Date: 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014