Anti-Seizure Medication and Epilepsy
Anti-Epileptics and Anti-Convulsants
A seizure happens when you experience a surge of electrical activity in one or more parts of your brain. We use anti-epileptics, also known as anticonvulsants or anti-seizure medication (ASM), to change or reduce this activity.
Who needs ASMs?
We prescribe ASMs for people with seizure disorders like epilepsy. However, they can also benefit people with damaged nerves by lessening their pain. Problems that cause nerve pain include diabetes, a herniated disk, some chemotherapy drugs, and possibly fibromyalgia.
ASMs work to prevent seizures but cannot cure the underlying condition that is causing them.