So what can you do if you have tried every AED cocktail under the sun without success? Well, there are some options. This chart of non-prescription drug epilepsy treatment options lists treatments for which I could find evidence supporting some success in controlling seizures.
I tried to mainly list epilepsy treatments where medical/clinical studies have been published. You should research any epilepsy treatments you are considering thoroughly and discuss them with your doctor before trying them.
There is a description below the chart explaining what the columns mean and how the scoring works. You can click the links for each treatment on the chart for more information.
|Neurobehavioral / Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)||10.8||10||5||5||6||7.36|
|Low Glycemic Index Diet||7.5||10||10||0||7||6.9|
|Modified Atkins Diet||6.3||8||8||0||6||5.66|
|Piracetam (for myoclonus)||0||10||9||0||6||5|
|VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulator) - Cyberonics||4||4||8||5||3||4.8|
|RNS (Responsive Neurostimulator System) - Neuropace||4||0||8||5||6||4.6|
|Intercept™ Epilepsy Control System - Medtronic||6.2||0||8||5||3||4.44|
|Glutamate / Aspartate Restricted Diet (G.A.R.D.)||0||0||10||0||8||3.6|
When scoring the chart, larger numbers are more desirable/better. The columns (and scoring) for the chart mean:
You can click on the name of a given treatment for more details on its scoring. Comments on the chart? Please post them in this forum discussion.
This page last modified September 26, 2011.