Epilepsy has a generally good prognosis with around 70% of patients becoming seizure free (with or without treatment) over a period of time. The most common treatment for epilepsy is with anti-epileptic drugs which have been found to be extremely effective at stopping seizures. This is typically a long-term treatment so where possible, clinicians will prescribe single drug at the lowest effective dose.

The choice of medication depends on a number of factors: the type of seizure, age, gender, other medical complications and the experience of side-effects. If side-effects occur, the doctor may change your treatment. It is important to discuss your medication and any problems you may be experiencing as a wide variety of alternatives are available.