Understanding how epilepsy and seizures are treated

As many in the epilepsy community will tell you, managing epilepsy and seizures involves a lot of learning and, at times, it can be quite complex. The Understanding Epilepsy section was created to provide people with epilepsy, their caregivers, and their loved ones with the information they need in an accessible way.

In this section you’ll learn about the medications, diets, surgeries, and other therapies used to help people with epilepsy manage their seizures.

Epilepsy Medications

Drug therapies are available to treat people with epilepsy who have uncontrolled seizures. Learn about the FDA-approved medications use to treat epilepsy.

Epilepsy Surgery

Learn about surgical options and what epilepsies they work for best.

KetogenicDietary Therapies

For many years, the ketogenic diet has been used to effectively treat adults and children with epilepsy.

A dropper adding liquid to an extract in a bottle with cannibals leafs in the background.Alternative Therapies

In addition to medication, devices, and surgery, epilepsy can be treated through alternative treatments like CBD or music therapy.

Medical Devices

Neurostimulation devices may help reduce seizure frequency in people with drug-resistant (refractory) epilepsy.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are the safest way to identify drugs that effectively treat epilepsy. Search this database to find one near you.

Seizure Action Plan

A seizure action plan (SAP) contains the essential information on an individual’s epilepsy to help keep them safe from injury during a seizure.


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