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Medicines for Partial Seizures

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

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Keep your healthcare provider informed

Don’t be afraid to talk to your healthcare provider about your medicines. Speaking up is the only way your provider can know if your medicine is working right. Be sure to tell your provider if:

  • You are still having seizures. Keep a seizure calendar to accurately keep track of your seizures. 

  • You notice any side effects from the medicine.

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

It's always important to be under the regular care of a healthcare provider if you have a seizure disorder.

Make it a habit

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

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

  • Keep medicine 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.

  • Consider a phone or Internet-based app that reminds you to take your medicine. 

  • Keep your medicines out of reach from children.  

Take medicine as directed

You need a certain level of medicine 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 medicine without your healthcare provider knowing. Doing so could result in serious consequences. It's quite common for people with epilepsy to miss a single dose once in a while. Often nothing bad happens, but your chance of having a seizure may be higher. Missing 1 dose is more likely to cause seizures if you're scheduled to take your medicine only once a day. Then if you miss a dose, you've missed a full day of medicine. If you take it 2 to 4 times a day, the risk from missing 1 dose is less. But if you miss several doses in a row, the likelihood of a breakthrough seizure will be higher. So take all precautions to ensure that you take your medicine on time.

Online Medical Reviewer: Anne Fetterman RN BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Joseph Campellone MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
Date Last Reviewed: 1/1/2022
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