Epilepsy Medications

There are many Epilepsy Medications - also known as Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) - in the U.S., and so naturally there is some confusion over their names. We believe it is time to erase that confusion.

From time to time you may be asked what medication(s) you take for your Epilepsy. Now, to some that is an easy question, but in many cases, it is not. Here’s why: Your Epilepsy Medications have a brand name and a generic name. This page will explain all of that to avoid confusion.


Medications also come in different shapes, colors, and forms (tablet, caplet, gel cap, recital injection gel, nasal spray, etc.) Some have writing imprinted, and some do not, so please look carefully at the medication(s) you take.

The images above are courtesy of the NYU Langone Medical Center April 27, 2018


Other Medications

DIASTAT® (diazepam rectal gel) is a gel formulation of diazepam intended for rectal administration for certain patients with Epilepsy who are already taking antiepileptic medications, and who require occasional use of diazepam to control bouts of increased seizure activity.


Migraine Headaches

Always ask your doctor if you should be taking Migraine Medications, there are numerous ones which are available in oral form and injections. Again, please ask your doctor.




Always ask your doctor if you should be taking one or more different vitamins daily. Many people need more vitamin A, B, C, D, or one with iron. Again, please ask your doctor.


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