Generic name: Acetazolamide
Available as: Acetazolamide
Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are the main form of treatment for people with epilepsy. And up to 70% (7 in 10) people with epilepsy could have their seizures completely controlled with AEDs. There are around 25 AEDs used to treat seizures, and different AEDs work for different seizures.
- This information is a guide only. For information on doses and side effects click on the generic name above and this will take you to the electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) where you can view the patient information leaflet (PIL).
- A first line AED is an AED that is tried first. Some AEDs added to a first line AED are called second line AEDs.
- AEDs are not split into first and second line for treating children age 12 and under.
- Treatment of neonatal seizures (from birth to 28 days of age) is not covered.
- ‘Effective’ means the seizures it works for. ‘Monotherapy’ means the AED is taken on its own. ‘Add-on therapy’ means the AED is taken alongside other AEDs. ‘Tolerance’ means that a drug becomes less effective the longer you take it.
- Information for this page comes from sources including the British National Formulary (BNF), the British National Formulary for children (BNFC) and the electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC).
- Every effort is made to ensure that all information is correct at time of publishing but information may change after publishing. This information is not a substitute for advice from your doctor. Epilepsy Society is not responsible for any actions taken as a result of using this information.