Side Effect Expectations

Side effects are unpleasant reactions your body might have from the epilepsy medications you take.

Some common side effects that might happen after taking epilepsy medication are:

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Feeling dizzy

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Feeling tired

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 doctor:

  • 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

Your doctor may ask you about side effects; it’s important to let them know how you are feeling.

Here are some suggestions for things to keep track of:

  • What the side effect felt like
  • How much the side effect bothers you (did it stop you from doing daily activities or taking the medication?)
  • If you could put up with this side effect if it meant you could reduce the number of seizures you have
  • How much of the medication you took
  • Timing (what time of day did it start, how long it lasted, and if it went away)