After you start an epilepsy medication, 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. A diary can also help your doctor understand if medication is working or not. 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.
Your doctor might want to change your course of epilepsy treatment based on:
Here are some changes your doctor might make to your antiseizure medication (ASM) prescription:
Medications may affect you differently at different times in your life.
When children become teenagers, they may have to change:
Older people with epilepsy may be more likely to have certain types of ASM side effects compared to people without epilepsy, such as:
If you are pregnant, or are intending to get pregnant soon, you should understand that:
Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or 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 your medication, 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 medication you are taking or about other ways of preventing pregnancy.