Which drug is commonly used for epilepsy?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Sravanthi Sunkaraneni

Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are the treatment of choice in epilepsy. They cannot cure epilepsy but can help with the seizures. The drug to be prescribed depends upon several factors such as the delivery method acceptable by the patient (tablet or syrup) or side effects tolerated by the patient. Other vital factors to decide the choice of drug would depend on the type of seizures and other medical conditions associated with the patient. 

There are several AEDs. They come in various forms such as tablets, syrups and capsules. The most common ones include carbamazepine, sodium valproate, clonazepam, Iamotrigine, levetiracetam, topiramate. Only a doctor can prescribe which medicine is the most suitable for the patient depending upon the patient’s health condition.

The best drug and the appropriate dosage is decided depending on the condition and the age of the patient. The patient is frequently monitored and several tests may be performed to check the response to medication. As every medication comes with certain side effects, the doctor will call the patient frequently for follow ups to avoid any complication.

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