Treatments for Epilepsy

Below is a listing of treatments and therapies for epilepsy. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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  • Aptiom (Eslicarbazepine)

    Aptiom is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013 for the treatment of partial seizures in adults. Aptiom may be added to a person’s existing medications when t... read more

  • Banzel (Rufinamide)

    Overview
    Banzel is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome in people one year and older. Banzel is indicated as an adjun... read more

  • Briviact (Brivaracetam)

    Overview
    Briviact is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat partial-onset seizures in people 16 years and older who have epilepsy. Briviact is used as an adjunctive therapy along with anot... read more

  • Carbamazepine

    Overview
    Carbamazepine is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1968 for the treatment of seizures. In people with epilepsy, Carbamazepine is used to prevent most type... read more

  • Carbatrol (Carbamazepine)

    Overview
    Carbatrol is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1968 for the treatment of seizures. In people with epilepsy, Carbatrol is used to prevent most types of sei... read more

  • Carnexiv (Carbamazepine)

    Overview
    Carnexiv is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to temporarily replace oral Carbamazepine therapy in adults with generalized tonic-clonic seizures and some types of ... read more

  • Complementary and alternative therapies

    Overview

    Studies show that as many as 44 percent of people with epilepsy in the U.S. try incorporating non-traditional therapies into their treatment plan. These treatments may be in addition to (complementa... read more

  • Corpus Callosotomy

    Overview

    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their q... read more

  • Depacon (Valproate sodium)

    Overview
    Depacon is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat several types of seizures. In some situations, Depacon is used as a monotherapy, but in some cases Depacon is used as an adjuncti... read more

  • Depakene (Valproic acid)

    Overview
    Depakene is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1978 to treat epilepsy. Depakene is also referred to by its drug name, Valproate or Valproic acid. Anothe... read more

  • Depakote (Divalproex sodium)

    Depakote is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1983 to treat epilepsy. Depakote is also referred to by its drug name, Divalproex sodium. Within the body, Dep... read more

  • Dilantin (Phenytoin)

    Overview
    Dilantin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than 50 years ago for the treatment of seizures. In people with epilepsy, Dilantin is most effective for p... read more

  • Extratemporal Cortical Resection

    Overview

    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their q... read more

  • Felbatol (Felbamate)

    Felbatol is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993. It is approved for the treatment of severe epilepsy when other drugs cannot effectively control seizures. S... read more

  • Frontal lobectomy

    Overview
    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their qual... read more

  • Functional Hemispherectomy

    Overview

    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their q... read more

  • Fycompa (Perampanel)

    Fycompa is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012 for the treatment of partial seizures in people with epilepsy who are 12 years and older. Fycompa is also kno... read more

  • Gabitril (Tiagabine)

    Gabitril is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997 for the treatment of partial seizures in people with epilepsy who are 12 years and older. Gabitril is usuall... read more

  • Keppra (Levetiracetam)

    Overview
    Keppra is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999. Keppra is prescribed for the treatment of partial onset seizures in people with epilepsy ages one month ... read more

  • Ketogenic diet

    Overview
    The ketogenic diet is high in fat and low in carbohydrates. Doctors may recommend the ketogenic diet for children whose epilepsy does not respond to AEDs.

    What does it involve?
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  • Klonopin (Clonazepam)

    Klonopin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1975. In cases of epilepsy, Klonopin may be prescribed in addition to the medications you are already taking if t... read more

  • Lamictal (Lamotrigine)

    Lamictal is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1994 for the treatment of many different types of seizures. Lamictal is usually prescribed as an adjunctive medic... read more

  • Lesionectomy

    Overview

    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their q... read more

  • Lyrica (Pregabalin)

    Lyrica is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005 as an adjunctive medication for the treatment of partial seizures in adults with epilepsy. Lyrica is usually p... read more

  • Melatonin

    Overview

    Melatonin is a hormone that promotes sleep. Melatonin is produced naturally by the body. Studies have shown that people with epilepsy have lower-than-normal levels of melatonin. It is unknown whethe... read more

  • Multiple Subpial Transection (MST)

    Overview

    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their q... read more

  • Mysoline (Primidone)

    Mysoline is a prescription medication approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in 1954 to control seizure types including psychomotor, grand mal, and focal epileptic seizures. Mysoline is also kno... read more

  • Neurontin (Gabapentin)

    Neurontin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993 as an adjunctive medication for the treatment of partial seizures in people with epilepsy who are three yea... read more

  • Occipital lobectomy

    Overview
    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their qual... read more

  • Ospolot (Sulthiame)

    Overview
    Ospolot is a brand name for Sulthiame. According to the Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH), Sulthiame is indicated for epilepsy, especially temporal lobe and myoclonic seizures. Sulthiame may also be... read more

  • Oxtellar XR (Oxcarbazepine)

    Oxtellar XR is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 for the treatment of partial seizures in people age two years and old. Oxtellar XR may be prescribed as a... read more

  • Parietal lobectomy

    Overview
    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their qual... read more

  • Phenobarbital

    Phenobarbital is a prescription medication that has been sold since 1912 for the treatment of seizures. In people with epilepsy, Phenobarbital is used to prevent all types of seizures except absence seizur... read more

  • Phenytek (Phenytoin)

    Overview
    Phenytek is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than 50 years ago for the treatment of seizures. In people with epilepsy, Phenytek is most effective for p... read more

  • Qudexy XR (Topiramate)

    Overview
    Qudexy XR is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat several types of seizures in people age 2 and older. Qudexy XR may be prescribed in cases of partial onset ... read more

  • Responsive neurostimulation (RNS)

    Overview
    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). For people with frequent, disabling partial onset seizures imperfectly contro... read more

  • Right frontal lobectomy

    Overview
    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their qual... read more

  • Sabril (Vigabatrin)

    Overview
    Sabril is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat infantile spasms and, in combination with other medications, as treatment for refractory complex partial seizures in people 10 yea... read more

  • Tegretol (Carbamazepine)

    Overview
    Tegretol is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1968 for the treatment of seizures. In people with epilepsy, Tegretol is used to prevent most types of seizu... read more

  • Temporal lobe resection

    Overview

    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their q... read more

  • Temporal lobectomy

    Overview
    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their quality of ... read more

  • Topamax (Topiramate)

    Overview

    Topamax is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997 for the treatment of complex and simple partial seizures, tonic-clonic seizures, and Lennox-Gastaut Sy... read more

  • Tranxene (Clorazepate)

    Tranxene is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1972 to treat epilepsy. Tranxene is used in combination with other drugs to treat partial seizures that do not re... read more

  • Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine)

    Overview
    Trileptal is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 for the treatment of partial seizures in people age two years and old. Trileptal may be prescribed as ... read more

  • Trokendi XR (Topiramate)

    Overview
    Trokendi XR is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat several types of seizures in people age 6 and older. Trokendi XR may be prescribed as monotherapy (withou... read more

  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)

    Overview
    Approximately 20 percent of people with epilepsy cannot adequately control their seizures with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Other people experience serious side effects from AEDs that impact their qual... read more

  • Valium (Diazepam)

    Valium is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1963. In cases of epilepsy, Valium is used in combination with other drugs to treat prolonged, repetitive, and clus... read more

  • Vimpat (Lacosamide)

    Overview
    Vimpat is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008 for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in people 17 and older. Doctors may also prescribe Vimpat for... read more

  • Zarontin (Ethosuximide)

    Zarontin, also known by its drug name, Ethosuximide, is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1960 for the treatment of absence seizures. Zarontin is frequently pr... read more

  • Zonegran (Zonisamide)

    Overview

    Zonegran is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 for the treatment of many different types of seizures. Zonegran is usually prescribed as an adjunctiv... read more

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