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 with medication changes.

The risks and benefits of antiepileptic drug therapy should be weighed against the risk of poorly controlled seizures. Factors to think about are the particular epilepsy syndrome, seizure type, severity and frequency of seizures.

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