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Epilepsy: treatments

An epileptic seizure is not serious in itself. But it can become so, on the one hand if it is repeated or prolonged, on the other hand if the context of the crisis is dangerous.

In the tonic-clonic crisis for example, the patient can be very hurt by falling or bumping, or causing an accident (car, for example). It is therefore important to protect it from a dangerous environment.

Given the variability in the causes of epilepsy, treatments vary according to this. When the cause has been treated, or it is not known, the treatment is based on one or more anti-epileptics.

Anti-epileptics are drugs that reduce the electrical hyperactivity of the brain. Their prescription must be made on a case by case basis, as their effectiveness varies from one epileptic to another.

Patients must follow medication regimens correctly. In general, one starts with a single anti-epileptic drug which should be reached gradually optimal doses.

It is also strongly advised to have a healthy life, especially a regular sleep, and not to drink alcohol.

Warning ! At the time of discontinuation of the drug (if and only if the doctor indicates it), it will be necessary to take care to decrease very gradually the doses. This is very important because the risk of "rebound" with epileptic seizures is present.

The treated epileptics have their disease stabilized and have a normal life: children follow a traditional school path, adults work normally and can do virtually all trades.

Many epileptic children recover and do not have seizures in adulthood.

Many studies are in progress. Both to find new treatments and to understand the causes of this disease.

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