For over 80 years, the most effective treatment for epilepsy and seizure disorders has been through the use of seizure-preventing medications called anti-convulsant or anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs).
While these medications do not cure epilepsy, they make it possible for many people to live normal, active lives completely free of seizures. Other people may continue to have seizures, but less frequently. And there are still those who need other treatment methods as the drugs are not effective against their seizures.
There is much variability among people and the AEDs they take including side effects and the drug’s effectiveness against their type of seizures. It often takes a good deal of time to find the right medication (mono therapy), or combination of medication (polytherapy), in the right dosage to reach an effective seizure-preventing level in a person.
The following medicine is not prescribed for daily, long-term use, but to stop episodes of prolonged or cluster seizures:
Diastat (Brand name)/Diazepam Rectal Gel (Generic). Some side effects: drowsiness, sleepiness, fatigue, poor coordination, unsteadiness, behavior changes
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