Epilepsy is managed with medication as the first option. Up to 70% of people with epilepsy can get seizure control with antiepileptic medication treatment.
For people who have poor seizure control despite trying different medications, there are other treatment options that may be an option for them.
Medication is the first line of treatment in the management of epilepsy. With regular medication and a sensible lifestyle there is a 70% chance of gaining seizure control.
Epilepsy surgery can offer some a chance to be seizure free or significantly reduce the number of seizures they are having. Only certain types of epilepsy are suitable for this treatment.
VNS uses a pacemaker-like device to periodically stimulate the left vagus nerve in the neck to reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures.
DBS uses a pacemaker-like device connected to electrodes implanted in the brain. This sends a pulse stimulus to help manage seizures.
The ketogenic diet was developed for controlling seizures, particularly in children with poorly controlled epilepsy. The modified Atkins diet is a less restrictive diet that also seems to help with seizure control in adults and children.
Many people are now using alternative or complementary therapies in some way – to improve their health, combat illness and even prolong their life.