MODULE 2: Epilepsy Medication Therapy 11 AEDs Across the Lifespan AEDs may affect you differently at different times in your life.1,2 As children transition to teenagers, AED changes may be needed, such as which AED(s) they take and/or the dosage regimen needed to control seizures.12 Women with epilepsy need to understand how AEDs might affect pregnancy. Different AEDs may have different risks for a pregnant woman and for her unborn child.2 Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is important to be informed about the potential risks for you and the baby. If you become pregnant while taking an AED, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry. You can enroll in this registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of antiepileptic medicine during pregnancy. If you plan on taking birth control, talk to your doctor about which birth control may be right for you and the AED medication you are taking or about other ways of preventing pregnancy.2 Older people with epilepsy may be more likely to have certain types of AED side effects1 such as2 : • Feeling sleepy • Feeling confused • Being more likely to fall Talk to your epilepsy doctor if you notice that you begin feeling differently when you take your AED.