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There are numerous medications available for the treatment of seizures. Some work on most seizure types and some work on only a few. There are also a variety of side effects to consider, depending on which drugs are being administered. They can include tremors, rashes, weight gain, and drowsiness.
According to the Mayo Clinic, half of 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.
The two main classifications of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are 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: Oct 31, 2014
Medically reviewed on: Oct 31, 2014: Brenda B. Spriggs, MD, MPH, MBA
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