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There are a large number of medications available for the treatment of seizures. Some work on most seizure types, some on only a few. There are also a variety of side effects to be contended with depending on which drug or drugs are being administered. They can include tremors, rashes, weight gain and drowsiness.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “At least half of all people newly diagnosed with epilepsy will become seizure-free with their first medication.” Your doctor will be able to help you make a decision about which medications are right for your case.
There are two main classifications of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs): narrow-spectrum AEDs and broad-spectrum AEDs.
Narrow-spectrum AEDs work on specific types of seizures, while broad-spectrum AEDs work on multiple types of seizures and other conditions.
Written by: the Healthline Editorial Team
Published on: Jul 20, 2011
Medically reviewed : Jennifer Monti, MD
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