Epilepsy Center

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Epilepsy Medication

In mild cases of epilepsy, simple remedies – avoiding stress, getting enough rest – may be enough to control seizures. Most often, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center neurologists see more serious cases that require medication.

Just as there are many types of epilepsy, there also are many types of epilepsy medications available to treat seizures. Deciding which anti-epileptic medication to prescribe requires careful consideration of the type of seizures occurring, the person’s lifestyle, possible side effects and other complicating medical conditions. Our neurologists are up-to-date on the latest indications for usage and possible side effects, which helps them tailor successful medication plans for each individual patient.

About 60-70 percent of patients can gain control of their seizures through medication. For most people, just one drug is needed. For others, a combination of drugs may give the best results. Our neurologists are careful to avoid disruptive side effects such as extreme fatigue, decreased appetite and mental confusion.

When seizures cannot be controlled by medication alone, we offer several other treatment options, including vagus nerve stimulation and epilepsy surgery.

For a referral to a Washington University neurologist or neurosurgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call .

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