Can seizures be stopped
For most children, treatment with medicine will be enough to stop your seizures, although you may have to try more than one medicine until you find the right one. If you do take medicine for your seizures, it is very important that you:
- take it at roughly the same time each day
- don’t miss out any doses – if you do then tell an adult
- tell your parents or carer if you feel sick, tired, dizzy or unwell
- never take more tablets than you have been told to take
- never give your tablets to anyone else
Some questions we have been asked about epilepsy
- Q. How do my medicines work?
- A. They are called antiepileptic drugs and they have a calming effect on the chemicals in the brain that cause the messages from the brain to become over excited.
- Q. I don’t find it easy to swallow tablets so what will I do?
- A. They come in different forms. So you may be able to take it in liquid or powder form.
- Q. How long will I have to take the medicine for?
- A. That depends on what type of epilepsy you have, but usually if you have not had a seizure for 2 years the doctor will think about trying to very gradually stop the medicine.
- Q. How will the medicine make me feel?
- A. For many children the medicine does not have any effect other than to stop the seizures. Some children can feel tired, dizzy or a bit sick. If this happens you may be given a different medicine to try.