What is the likelihood 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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About 75% of seizure relapses after medication discontinuation occur in the first year, and at least 50% of patients who have another seizure do so in the first 3 months. Therefore, advise patients to observe strict seizure precautions (including not driving) during tapering and for at least 3 months after discontinuation, depending on state laws. The need to drive is an impediment for some patients, who may opt to continue therapy for that reason.


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