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I take epilepsy drugs 3 tablets a day no major seizure for about 12 years but daily petit mal will I ever be able to stop the medication

Submitted by Megan Smith on

Hi Megan

Many people take medicine for life. If someone has been seizure-free for at least two years or has bad side-effects, their epilepsy specialist might discuss with them the risks and benefits of continuing or stopping their epilepsy medicine.  

As you are still having peti mal seizures, are you being seen by an epilepsy specialist so they can review your treatment and look at other possible reasons for your seizures to still be happening? They may suggest trying a different epilepsy medicine.  If you have tried various types of epilepsy medicines, it may be the specialist could look into other treatment options for you.

If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again. You can do this directly by either email helpline@epilepsy.org.uk  or phone the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 5.30pm.

Regards,

Diane

Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

 

Submitted by tpottinger on

Hi Megan

Many people take medicine for life. If someone has been seizure-free for at least two years or has bad side-effects, their epilepsy specialist might discuss with them the risks and benefits of continuing or stopping their epilepsy medicine.  

As you are still having peti mal seizures, are you being seen by an epilepsy specialist so they can review your treatment and look at other possible reasons for your seizures to still be happening? They may suggest trying a different epilepsy medicine.  If you have tried various types of epilepsy medicines, it may be the specialist could look into other treatment options for you.

If we can be of any more help, please feel free to contact us again. You can do this directly by either email helpline@epilepsy.org.uk  or phone the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050. Our helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 5.30pm.

Regards,

Diane

Epilepsy Action Advice and Information Team

 

Submitted by tpottinger on