Archive for the ‘Treatment’ Category

September 10, 2013 · by James White, MD · Education, Epilepsy, News, Patient Information, Treatment

Marijuana has been used for the treatment of medical conditions for over 4000 years. The medical use of marijuana is currently a hotly debated topic. There are some anecdotal reports of patients using marijuana to treat seizures. The popular media has recently run stories about patients using marijuana for their epilepsy. Some patients describe that marijuana improves…

June 21, 2012 · by James White, MD · Education, Featured Topics, Patient Information, Technology, Treatment

Approximately 30% of patients with epilepsy continue to have seizures despite trying several antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). This 30% of patients is considered to have intractable epilepsy. Some of these patients can have surgery for their seizures- this is where a surgeon removes a piece of brain tissue to remove the seizure focus. This type of…

July 20, 2011 · by James White, MD · Diagnosis, Education, Patient Information, Treatment

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS A seizure is a temporary change in the electrical activity of the brain. A seizure is an excess of electricity- like a power surge. This is what causes the symptoms of a seizure. When a first seizure occurs, a thorough evaluation is indicated. The evaluation often includes: 1) History and physical exam; 2)…

July 13, 2011 · by James White, MD · Education, Featured Topics, Patient Information, Seizure Types, Treatment

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS The brand vs generic antiepileptic drug (AED) controversy remains a hot debate in the epilepsy community. Generic AEDs are often much less expensive for patients compared to brand AEDs.  However, brand AEDs may provide more reliable seizure medication levels which could potentially reduce side effects and improve seizure control. We recommend that decisions…