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
Many people with epilepsy try incorporating non-traditional therapies into their treatment plan. These treatments may be in addition to (complementary) or instead of (alternative) traditional drug the... 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

Epidiolex (Cannabidiol)

Overview
Epidiolex is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat seizures associated with Dravet syndrome or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in people age 2 and older. Epidiolex is... 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.

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The ketogen... read more

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

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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