When their child has had a seizure, parents are often concerned that the child may need to take a drug to control seizures (an antiseizure drug). Parents are concerned about side effects, and they know that getting children to take a drug on a regular basis is difficult. Learning more about antiseizure drugs can help parents better participate in decisions about treatment of their child.
In weighing concerns, parents should remember that preventing further seizures is important because poorly controlled seizures can lead to slowing of mental processing (cognitive delays), emotional and behavioral problems, and poor quality of life. Also, preventing seizures prevents the injuries and accidents that may occur because of a seizure.
To be sure drugs are taken on a regular schedule, parents can do the following: