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treatment

Up to 70% of people could have their epilepsy controlled with medication (anti-epileptic drugs). For some people whose epilepsy does not respond to anti-epileptic drugs, there may be other possible treatment options.

Medication for epilepsy

Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are a treatment for epilepsy. Up to 70% of people could have their epilepsy controlled with AEDs.

Ketogenic diet

The ketogenic diet is one treatment option for children with epilepsy whose seizures are not controlled with AEDs. The diet may help to reduce the number or severity of seizures and can often have positive effects on behaviour.

Vagus nerve stimulation

Information on Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy, which is a type of treatment for epilepsy.

Epilepsy surgery

Brain surgery or neurosurgery is one way of treating epilepsy. Certain criteria have to be met and tests have to be done to assess suitability. 

Seizure treatment

If you have just been diagnosed with epilepsy, you may have questions about medication and treatment.

Deep brain stimulation

Deep brain stimulation therapy is a surgical treatment which aims to reduce seizures not controlled with medication, and where surgery to treat the cause of seizures is not possible. It involves implanting electrodes into specific areas of the brain.

Managing your epilepsy

Ideas to help you manage your epilepsy if you have just been diagnosed.

Epilepsy charter

The Epilepsy charter explains the rights and services that a person with epilepsy can expect.

Your appointment

Information to help someone with epilepsy make the most of their medical appointments.

Yearly review

Everyone with epilepsy is recommended to have a structured review of their condition at least once a year.

Adult epilepsy clinics

Contact details for some of the clinics or assessment centres that provide specialist services for adults with epilepsy. 

Child epilepsy clinics

Contact details for some of the clinics or assessment centres that provide specialist services for children with epilepsy. 

More on epilepsy medication

More information on epilepsy medication including emergency medication, latest news and taking your medication.