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7 Benefits of Changing Epilepsy Treatment

Time to change?

If your epilepsy treatment works just fine, there’s no reason to tinker with it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, as the old wives’ tale goes. But if you’re having difficulty treating your epilepsy or are dissatisfied with the treatment, it may be time to consider switching to another one. For some, a new medication or set of medications may be just the ticket, while for others, surgery may be the best route.

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