MODULE 2: Epilepsy Medication Therapy 10 Side Effects (cont.) It is important not to let side effects keep you from taking your medication, unless you experience any of the following, in which case you should call your doctor8 : • Sores, blisters, or ulcers in your mouth • Blisters on the skin • Excessive bleeding or bleeding won’t stop • Stomach pain and tenderness • Fever • Unusual infections • Other unusual symptoms while taking a seizure medicine You might want to keep track of your AED side effects by writing down: • What the side effect felt like • How much the side effect bothers you • If the side effect stopped you from doing your daily activities • If the side effect stopped you from taking the AED • What time of day you had the side effect • How long the side effect lasted • If the side effect went away • If the side effect is worth experiencing if the AED reduces seizure frequency • What time of day you took the AED • How much of the AED you took Blood Tests For some AEDs, your doctor might order blood tests to see how much of the AED is in your blood. Blood tests can help the doctor decide if an AED is working for you.2 Your AED Regimen May Change Your doctor might want to change your AED based on: • How often you’re having seizures (information in your seizure diary)10 • Side effects2 • Blood tests2 Here are some changes your doctor might make to your AED prescription10 : • Change the dose (the amount you take) • Change how often you take it • Switch to a different AED • Add another AED How Do I Know Which AED Is Best for Me (cont.)