Which factors increase the risk of epileptic seizure recurrence after discontinuation of medication?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Additional factors associated with an increased risk of seizure recurrence after discontinuation include the following:

  • Several seizure types (eg, worse if tonic or atonic seizures are present)

  • High number and frequency of seizures

  • Long duration of epilepsy before the seizures were controlled

  • Short duration of seizure freedom


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