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Medications for Partial Seizures

For most people, medications can control partial seizures. But because there are so many kinds of partial seizures, it may take some time to find the best medications for you. Your doctor may try several kinds of medications at varying doses before finding what works best for you. You can help make medications a success by following these suggestions.

Mature male taking a pill with a glass of water.

Keep Your Doctor Informed

Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about your medications. Speaking up is the only way your doctor can know if your medication is working right. Be sure to tell your doctor if:

  • You are still having seizures.

  • You notice any side effects from the medication.

  • You are taking any other medications—even over-the-counter ones.

Make It a Habit

Try some of these ideas to make it easier to remember to take medication:

  • Set a watch or clock to go off when it’s time for the next dose.

  • Keep medication with things you use routinely. Store it near your makeup, toothbrush, or coffee mug, for example.

  • Use a pillbox to count out all the pills you need for a week.

  • Ask family, friends, or coworkers to remind you when it’s time to take a dose.

Take Medication As Directed

You need a certain level of medication in your blood at all times. This way, when a seizure happens your body is ready for it. Never skip a dose or stop taking your medication without your doctor’s knowledge. Doing so could result in serious consequences.

 

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