When visiting websites of the epilepsy community online some of the questions I see most frequently are about medication. A lot of people Enduring Epilepsy have questions about the many anti-seizure drugs available. They are uncertain if the symptoms they are experiencing are a result of their seizures or side effects from a medication.
Unfortunately, there are numerous different side effects from medications. People can begin to feel dizzy or drowsy. There can be problems with falling asleep or oversleeping. You can gain weight or lose your appetite. And those are just a few of the most commonly reported.
Personally, I’ve tried more than a dozen different anti-seizure medications. Over the years I had some medicines work for a period of time (doctors tend to call this the “grace period”) only to quit and have my seizures return. Others caused sides effects that after trying the medication for a while, my neurologist would decide it wasn’t beneficial to my overall health and I should stop taking it. But medication is still the most common way for many people to treat seizures.