The goal of treatment is to control or prevent seizures. Medicine is often the best way to treat and manage epilepsy. Lifestyle changes and other treatments, like a ketogenic diet, may also help. Surgery or radiation may be done in some people.
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated: 3/26/2019