Nearly 50% of people with epilepsy will become seizure-free with the first anti-seizure medication that is tried. If you do not become seizure-free with the first medication, or if it causes intolerable side-effects, the next step is usually to try a different anti-seizure drug. Your healthcare provider will select the most appropriate drug to try based on the type of seizures you have, other features of your epilepsy disorder, your age, your gender, as well as considerations such as cost and whether you have drug insurance.
Most people with epilepsy will become seizure-free on the second anti-seizure medication they try. If you do not become seizure-free with your second medication, speak to your consultant about booking a consultation at a district or regional epilepsy centre. An assessment of your epilepsy will be carried out followed by other treatment options.