When is discontinuation of medication considered for patients with epilepsy?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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After a person has been seizure free for typically 2-5 years, the physician may consider discontinuing that patient’s medication. Many patients outgrow many epileptic syndromes of childhood and do not need to take anticonvulsants. The relapse rate for seizures in adults is about 40-50%; for children, it is about 25%. This difference probably reflects the different epileptic syndromes that are prevalent in the 2 populations.


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