What is the goal of treatment for epilepsy?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The goal of treatment in patients with epileptic seizures is to achieve a seizure-free status without adverse effects. This goal is accomplished in more than 60% of patients who require treatment with anticonvulsants. Many patients experience adverse effects from these drugs, however, and some patients have seizures that are refractory to medical therapy. A 2017 study found that fewer than two thirds of patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy are seizure-free after 1 year. A smaller study published in 2000 found the seizure-free rate to be 64%, which is almost identical to the rate found in the newer study. [75]


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