Most people who have epilepsy will take medication every day to control their seizures. If the drugs are not successful or there are a lot of side effects, other methods may be tried, such as brain surgery, a special diet called the ketogenic diet or vagus nerve stimulation.

The goal of any epilepsy treatment is to prevent further seizures, avoid side effects, and make it possible for people to lead active lives. Fortunately, the majority of people with epilepsy no longer have seizures when taking medication.

People who are seizure-free can get a driver’s license. In Tennessee, the driver must be seizure-free for six months before driving privileges can be reinstated.