MODULE 2: Epilepsy Medication Therapy 9 How Do We Know if My AED Is Best for Me? How Often You Are Having Seizures (Seizure Frequency) After you start an AED, your doctor will ask you questions about how often you are having seizures. Keeping a seizure diary is a good way to collect information for you and your doctor.10 You may be able to have someone video record one of your seizures so that you can give your doctor more information about your seizures. A seizure diary is a record of the date and time of day that you had a seizure. You can also write down other information about the seizure, such as10 : • What you were doing when you had the seizure • What you think might have triggered the seizure (such as stress, lack of sleep, flashing lights) • How you felt before the seizure • How you felt after the seizure • How long the seizure lasted • If you had been taking your AED regularly or not • When you took your last AED dose Keeping a seizure diary that you share with your doctor can help the doctor understand if the AED is working or not.10 Side Effects Your doctor may ask you about side effects, too.2 Side effects are unwanted feelings you might have from the AEDs you take.8 Some common AED side effects that might happen in the first few weeks of taking AEDs are8 :