The goal of treatment is to control or prevent epileptic seizures. Treatment is fully or partially successful in about 80% of patients. Medication is generally the most successful way to treat and manage epilepsy. Lifestyle changes and other treatments, like a ketogenic diet, are also considered. In some cases, surgery may be recommended.
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Treatment may involve the following:
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Last reviewed February 2017 by Rimas Lukas, MD Last Updated: 3/15/2015