Some people outgrow idiopathic generalized epilepsy and stop having seizures, as is the case with childhood absence epilepsy and a large number of patients with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.
However, in the event of its persistence, idiopathic generalized epilepsy is usually treated with medications. AEDs (Antiepileptic Drugs) are usually prescribed but should be used carefully, with consideration of medication interactions and potential side effects including:
AEDs are available in a number of different forms, including tablets, capsules, liquids and syrups. It is important that you follow any advice about when to take AEDs and how much to take. You should never stop taking your medication suddenly because doing so could cause a seizure. Your doctor will ask you to start with a low dose of an AED, and then gradually increase it within safe limits until your seizures stop. The aim is to achieve maximum seizure control with minimum side effects, using the lowest possible dose of a single medicine.
Medical specialists working with the Mind and Brain Service Line at The Aga Khan University Hospital are equipped to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical care, and discuss with you the measures being undertaken.