Medication for epilepsy

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Epilepsy cannot be cured with medication. However, with the right type and strength of medication, the majority of people with epilepsy do not have seizures. The medicines work by stabilising the electrical activity of the brain. You need to take medication every day to prevent seizures.

Medicines used to treat epilepsy

These include:
Carbamazepine,clobazam,clonazepam,eslicarbazepine,ethosuximide,gabapentin,lacosamide,lamotrigine,levetiracetam,oxcarbazepine,perampanel,phenobarbital,phenytoin,pregabalin,primidone,rufinamide,sodium valproate,tiagabine,topiramate,vigabatrinandzonisamide. They all come with different brand names.

Sodium valproate is commonly used as a treatment for epilepsy. In April 2018, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK recommended that valproate must no longer be used for any women or girl who could become pregnant…

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