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The Lancet published the results of a study recently claiming that there was little long term difference in treating the early stages of E with meds:
Delaying Epilepsy Drugs May Be OK for SomeWeighing the Benefits of Epilepsy Drugs
In the study, researchers compared the effects of immediate treatment with epilepsy drugs vs. delayed treatment in a group of more than 1,400 people who had had one seizure or were in the early stages of epilepsy with infrequent seizures.
Half of the participants received immediate treatment with epilepsy drugs, primarily Tegretol and valproate, and the other half did not receive epilepsy drugs until they and their doctor agreed that treatment was necessary.
The results appear in the June 11 issue of The Lancet.
The study showed that immediate treatment with epilepsy drugs did reduce the number of seizures in the first two years of treatment, but not without side effects, including fatigue, drowsiness, and nausea.
But the study also showed that virtually the same number of patients who were treated immediately with epilepsy drugs and those who delayed treatment were seizure-free for three to five years after the start of the study (76% of the immediately treated patients vs. 77% of those who delayed treatment).
There was also no difference in the quality of life reported by both treatment groups.