People with epilepsy have a number of choices when it comes to treatment, but medication is the first option used. Up to 70% of people with epilepsy can get seizure control with antiepileptic medication.
For people who have poor seizure control despite trying different medications, there are now some other treatment options available.
Medication is the first line of treatment in the management of epilepsy. With regular medication and a sensible lifestyle a full and active life is possible.
Surgery for Epilepsy
Epilepsy surgery can offer some a chance to be seizure free or significantly reduce the number of seizures. Only certain types of epilepsy are suitable for this treatment.
Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
VNS uses a pacemaker-like device to periodically stimulate the left vagus nerve in the neck to reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures.
Ketogenic and Modified Atkins Diet
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.