People who have epilepsy will typically take levetiracetam or other medications throughout their lifetime. If levetiracetam ceases to be effective or causes adverse effects, then the person may need to be given different drug(s).
3. What other antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) are there?
There are a broad range of AEDs available that have different forms of action and are used to treat different types of seizures. First-generation AEDs that have been use for a long period of time include: phenobarbital (since the early 1900s), phenytoin, carbamazepine, ethosuximide, and valproate (valproic acid). Newer, second-generation AEDs include drugs such as: gabapentin, lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, topiramate, and levetiracetam. Some of these are used by themselves, but most of the newer AEDs are used in combination with other drugs.
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