Depending on what your physicians find during monitoring, they may recommend the following treatments:
Although no cure exists for epilepsy, medication can keep you seizure-free for significant periods. Your doctors will try to keep your epilepsy under control using a single, effective medication. If this is not successful, your doctor will prescribe a combination of medications. Your medical team will select the medications that are most effective for your type of seizure disorder.
First Aid for Epilepsy
Watching someone you love go through a seizure can be quite frightening. It is important to remember, however, that first aid for seizures is actually very simple:
- Secure the environment: If the person experiencing the seizure begins to jerk, convulse, and fall to the ground, make sure that the area is free of dangerous or sharp objects that might harm them. Wait until they are no longer stiff and the seizure is at its end. Turn their entire body to the side and loosen anything that is tied around their neck, so that they can breathe easily. Do not attempt to hold the person down or restrain him or her in any way.
- Time the seizure: It is important to note how long the seizure lasts. Seizures should last no more than a minute or two. In general, the seizure will run its natural course—you can do nothing to shorten it. Rarely, drugs may be needed to stop a very lengthy seizure, but this is not typically the case.
- Remain calm: Seizures may look frightening, but are not usually a medical emergency. Stay calm, and wait for the seizure to end. As the person regains consciousness, stay with them and reassure them. Allow them to rest and recover afterwards. Most of the time, the person recovering from a seizure will be able to resume activities with minor assistance. However, do not let the person drive or operate dangerous equipment. If you find that this is not true for your loved one, seek emergency care.
If this was your first seizure, you will want to seek medical care and begin the diagnostic process. MedStar Health boasts an impressive team of epilepsy experts who will take you from early diagnosis to treatment, and make sure that you feel taken care of, every step of the way.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is home to D.C.'s first level-four epilepsy center, as designated by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Our doctors have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients who have complex epilepsy.