People’s sensitivity to the effects of antiepileptic medications varies. Although some antiepileptic medications may produce unwanted side-effects on thinking skills, they won’t affect all children in this way. As children’s brains are still developing, they are more susceptible but fortunately once the side effects are recognised they are usually reversed once medications are adjusted.

The risks and benefits of antiepileptic drug therapy should be weighed against the risk of uncontrolled seizures. Factors to consider are the particular epilepsy syndromeseizure type, severity and frequency.

For specific information about your child, speak to your child’s neurologist.

Click on the video to hear Dr Stephen Malone, Paediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist, talk about weighing up the benefits verses side effects and other considerations when choosing an antiepileptic medication.

Benefits versus side effects