DRUGS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Medicines for Partial Seizures

May 15, 2018

Medicines for Partial Seizures

For most people, medicines can control partial seizures. But because there are several types of partial seizures, 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.

Mature male taking a pill with a glass of water.

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 healthcare provider can know if your medicine is working right. Be sure to tell your healthcare 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 is 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’s knowledge. 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 change of having a seizure may be higher. Missing one 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 one dose is less. But if you miss several doses in a row, the likelihood of a breakthrough seizure will be higher. Therefore, take all precautions to ensure that you take your medicine on time.

Updated:  

May 15, 2018

Sources:  

Patient Information: Seizures (The Basics). UpToDate

Reviewed By:  

Sather, Rita, RN,Shelat, Amit, MD