Deciding on which medicine to prescribe depends on such things as: your type of epilepsy, your age, other medicines that you may take for other conditions, possible side-effects, whether you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

There are popular first choice medicines for each type of epilepsy. However, if one medicine does not suit, another may be better.

A low dose is usually started. The aim is to control seizures at the lowest dose possible. If you have further seizures, the dose is usually increased. There is a maximum dose allowed for each medicine. In about 7 in 10 cases, one medicine can control all, or most, seizures. Medicines may come as tablets, soluble tablets, capsules or liquids to suit all ages.

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