The goal of treatment with an epilepsy medication is to reduce the number of seizures you have without causing unpleasant side effects. There are options other than ASMs that you and your doctor may decide to try.
Here are some things you can do to help get the most out of your medications, so your care team can understand what medication is right for you:
Some people with well-controlled seizures may want to stop taking their seizure medicines. In some cases, this can be done with supervision from your doctor. Keeping you safe and well is your doctor's priority; the more honest you are, the easier it is for them to support you. Even people whose epilepsy may be well-controlled on ASMs may continue to have seizures after stopping their medications, so it is important to weigh the risks with your doctor. If you are not taking your seizure medications it may increase your risk of seizures. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a risk of uncontrolled epilepsy.