Anti–epileptic drugs (AEDs) AEDs are the most commonly used treatment for epilepsy. They help control seizures in around 7 out of 10 of people. AEDs work by changing the levels of chemicals in your brain. Anti-Epileptic Category do not cure epilepsy, but can stop seizures happening.
There are many AEDs.
Common types include:
- sodium valproate
The best type for you will depend on things like the type of seizures you have, your age and if you’re thinking of having a baby.
Some AEDs can harm an unborn baby – see living with epilepsy for more information.
If your doctor recommends taking an AED, ask them about the different types available and which is likely to be the most suitable for you.