17 Things Everyone Should Know About Epilepsy

11. Medications can control seizures in most people with epilepsy.

Medications can control seizures in most people with epilepsy.

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Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), aka anticonvulsants, taken daily can control seizures “by reducing the excessive electrical activity in the brain that causes the seizures,” explains Sander. “The exact mechanism of AEDs is not well understood, but it is likely that different AEDs work in slightly different ways. The aim of optimal therapy is to get maximum seizure control with minimum side effects.”

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, medication controls seizures in about 7 out of 10 people with epilepsy.

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