6 Reasons Why Your Epilepsy Treatment May Not Be Working


Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN

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If you have epilepsy, it’s likely your doctor prescribed a few different medications at various dosages before you found the one that helped control your seizures best. But over time, your epilepsy treatment may not work as well as it once did. Although this can be discouraging, before worrying that you may have to start over again, there could be a simple fix, depending on why the treatment stopped being effective. Here are some things to watch out for if your epilepsy treatment doesn’t seem to be working.

1. You may be taking your medicine at the wrong time.

Drugs that control seizures are very precise. In order for these drugs to be most effective, they must be taken exactly as prescribed. There needs to be a certain level of the medication in your body at all times, which means you must take the correct dose every day, at the same time of the day. If you forget to take your pill or you’re delayed and you take it later than usual, the therapeutic (effective) level will drop and you may have a seizure.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures—but it can affect everyone in different ways. Do you know the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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