Epilepsy Treatment

There are many different ways to treat epilepsy and the type of treatment depends upon the type of epilepsy.

Current treatments can control seizures at least some of the time in about 80 percent of people with epilepsy. However, another 20 percent – about 600,000 people with epilepsy in the United States – have intractable seizures (seizures that are resistant to treatment). Another 400,000 feel they get inadequate relief from available treatments. These statistics make it clear that improved treatments are desperately needed.

Doctors who treat epilepsy are in many different fields of medicine. They include neurologists, pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, internists and family physicians, as well as neurosurgeons and neurologists called epileptologists who specialize in treating epilepsy. People who need specialized or intensive care for epilepsy may be treated at large referral centers. Many epilepsy treatment centers are associated with university hospitals that perform research in addition to providing medical care.

Once it is certain that the person has epilepsy, treatment should begin as soon as possible. Research suggests that medication and other treatments may be less successful in treating epilepsy once seizures and their consequences become well established.

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Resources:

Mayo Clinic
Epilepsy Treatment and Drugs

Epilepsy.com
Epilepsy Treatment 101

Epilepsy Foundation
The Decision to Treat