Different Types of Epilepsy Treatment

Medications - Pharmacologic Intervention

Medications are the most commonly used treatment for epilepsy and seizure disorders. Two-thirds of all patients will be seizure free on medications. Many of our patients control their seizures with medications alone. 

Anti-seizure medications are in active development - as a result there are a lot of options available from old drugs, such as phenobarbital (often has significant side effects) to new drugs, such as Fycompa (used for partial onset seizures). WebMD has a comprehensive list that includes what they are used for and some of the common side effects


Non-Pharmacologic Interventions

Surprisingly there are a number of treatments in addition to, or instead of medication. You can be evaluated for these at our center. Click on the links below for an authoritative source for further information.

 

Ketogenic Diet

DIET - Ketogenic Diet 

A high-fat, low carbohydrate diet that is sometimes used for children who have seizures that are difficult to control 

 

 

Epilepsy Surgery Epilepsy surgery is performed at Tampa General Hospital

Two informative videos:

http://www.or-live.com/distributors/NLM/rnh.cfm?id=233
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfOWssDEW_U&feature=related

Surgery is a much more refined process than it was in the first half of the 20th century. In part, this is a result of increased understanding of the disease, but it is also a result of newer powerful imaging meths (MRI and Positron-Emission Tomography (PET)) that have enabled seizure foci to be defined quite precisely in many cases

Vagus Nerve Stimulation

 

Vagus Nerve Stimulation works by sending electrical pulses to the brain that can dampen the signals that start seizures