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How can I reduce my seizure frequency? Are there any proven methods to reduce the frequency of my seizures?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Complex issue

First is to determine the cause of the seizures.
Next is to determine any known triggers. Next is to find the most effective medication that is well tolerated. Next would be to work on healthy lifestyle to avoid risks and to improve neurological function. With good support most epilepsy patients can be well controlled and lead good effective lives.

In brief: Complex issue

First is to determine the cause of the seizures.
Next is to determine any known triggers. Next is to find the most effective medication that is well tolerated. Next would be to work on healthy lifestyle to avoid risks and to improve neurological function. With good support most epilepsy patients can be well controlled and lead good effective lives.
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: Two

Two thirds of people can control their seizures by taking medications.
If you are taking them and still having seizures, there are three things to consider. First, are you on the right medicine? Sometimes people just try one medicine and continue to have seizures. That is not ok, and you should find somebody who will keep trying more medicines until one works. Second, sometimes people have tried several medicines and they still do not work. This puts them in the 1/3 of people who are unlucky and do not respond to medicines. The frequency of seizures will probably be reduced by the medicines, but not completely controlled. We are trying very hard to find new medicines to help these people. There are some new ones now, and you should talk with your neurologist to make sure you have tried everything available. Third, sometimes people can have a surgery to control their seizures, or have a device implanted that can control them. Every person who has uncontrolled seizures should consider both of these options, at least to see if they will work. You should find a neurologist who is able to evaluate you for surgical treatment. They will not do anything unless you want them to, but you need to find out what the options are. Sometimes people become completely controlled after a surgery and it changes their life around. You should not miss out on this if it is an option.

In brief: Two

Two thirds of people can control their seizures by taking medications.
If you are taking them and still having seizures, there are three things to consider. First, are you on the right medicine? Sometimes people just try one medicine and continue to have seizures. That is not ok, and you should find somebody who will keep trying more medicines until one works. Second, sometimes people have tried several medicines and they still do not work. This puts them in the 1/3 of people who are unlucky and do not respond to medicines. The frequency of seizures will probably be reduced by the medicines, but not completely controlled. We are trying very hard to find new medicines to help these people. There are some new ones now, and you should talk with your neurologist to make sure you have tried everything available. Third, sometimes people can have a surgery to control their seizures, or have a device implanted that can control them. Every person who has uncontrolled seizures should consider both of these options, at least to see if they will work. You should find a neurologist who is able to evaluate you for surgical treatment. They will not do anything unless you want them to, but you need to find out what the options are. Sometimes people become completely controlled after a surgery and it changes their life around. You should not miss out on this if it is an option.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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