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Treatment, Devices & Seizure Alert Assistance

There is no cure for epilepsy, yet. Medications do not cure epilepsy in the same sense that penicillin can cure an infection. For many people with epilepsy, however, the medication will prevent seizures as long as they are taken regularly; but, successful drug therapy requires the active cooperation of the patient.

Antiepileptic drugs successfully prevent seizures in the majority of people who take them regularly and as prescribed. It has been estimated that at least fifty percent of all patients with epilepsy gain complete control of their seizures for substantial periods of time. Another twenty percent enjoy a significant reduction in the number of seizures. If patients, in collaboration with their physicians, decide to attempt withdrawal from medications, they should be aware that the seizures may recur and should closely observe seizure precautions. Some individuals, however, have an excellent chance of remaining seizure free without medication in the future.

When the doctor has made a diagnosis of seizures or epilepsy, the next step is to select the best form of treatment. If the seizure was caused by an underlying correctable brain condition, surgery may stop seizures. If epilepsy – that is, a continuing tendency to have seizures – is diagnosed, the doctor will usually prescribe regular use of seizure-preventing drugs. If drugs are not successful, other methods may be tried, including surgery, a special diet or vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). The goal of all epilepsy treatment is to prevent further seizures, avoid side effects, and make it possible for people to lead active lives.

Seizure Alert Assistance

Embrace uses groundbreaking technology to detect patterns that may be associated with a generalized tonic-clonic seizure, and immediately alert caregivers. Discover the new Embrace2.
SAMi® is a sleep activity monitor for caregivers and individuals who need to watch carefully for unusual movements at night. During sleep, audio-video information from a remote infrared video camera is sent to an app that runs on an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPod Touch.
Protects them while they sleep, and gives you peace of mind
Smart Monitor provides monitoring and tracking solutions for people with chronic health conditions, such as epilepsy.
The Emfit MM™, Movement Monitor is designed to detect faster, abnormal movements that may occur during the night, and will sound a high-frequency alert if these movements continue past a preset amount of time.
The Medpage BMA-01 is an advanced movement sensing alarm, specifically designed to detect certain types of movements people make while sleeping. A cluster of muscular spasms, for example, will trigger an alarm from the movement monitor. Unusual twitching actions or prolonged shaking movements will also trigger an alarm.

Medical ID Bracelets & More

MyID is the easiest way to access, store, and manage your health information. Your profile can be accessed anytime, anywhere via MyID Products such as bracelets, sticker kits, and mobile apps.
In 2001, Lauren’s Hope introduced the very first interchangeable medical ID bracelet, and overnight, people who had grudgingly worn, or even refused to wear, the standard, plain metal medical ID bracelets of the past suddenly had attractive, durable, stylish options they could enjoy wearing and change to suit their mood, outfit, or activity.
Medical bracelets are suitable for men, women and children of all ages and can be custom engraved with necessary medical emergency details.
N-Style ID offers quality medical ID bracelets and medical alert jewelry that is stylish, contemporary, and potentially life-saving.

Quick Links:

Common questions and explanations on a variety of seizure alert and monitoring devices and methods.
A full listing and and explanation on a variety of seizure medications available.
A closer look at surgical options, qualifications, and more.

Treatment Options

LivaNova VNS Therapy

April 26, 2014 | Epilepsy Arizona Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a type of treatment in which short bursts of electrical energy are directed into the brain via the vagus nerve, a large nerve in the neck. The energy comes from a battery, about the size of a silver dollar, which is surgically implanted under the skin, usually on the chest. Read More

NeuroPace RNS System

June 2, 2015 | Epilepsy Arizona Responsive neurostimulation is a new approach to treating medically uncontrolled partial onset seizures.  The RNS® System is the first device to provide responsive neurostimulation, automatically monitoring brain signals and providing stimulation to abnormal electrical brain events just when it is needed. Read More

Medtronic DBS Therapy

July 23, 2019 | Epilepsy Arizona
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Epilepsy may improve your quality of life. DBS requires a neurosurgeon to place electrodes in a specific area (“target”) of the brain. The electrodes provide stimulation directly to the brain to help stop the spread of seizures. Read More

LITT (Thermal Ablation)

July 23, 2019 | Epilepsy Arizona Thermal ablation is also called laser interstitial thermal therapy or LITT procedure. It is a less invasive surgery option for some people with epilepsy. LITT uses laser technology to deliver a set amount of energy to a specific brain region. The laser energy changes into thermal energy and can remove or destroy the brain cells causing the seizures (commonly called seizure focus). Read More


April 26, 2014 | Epilepsy Arizona Most epilepsy medicines are taken by mouth. The doctor’s choice of which drug to prescribe depends on what kind of seizure a person is having. People react to medicines in different ways. Some experience side effects, others may not. Read More

Types of Surgery

April 26, 2014 | Epilepsy Arizona When AEDs fail to control or reduce seizures, surgery on the brain may be considered. Although some of the techniques are recent, surgical removal of seizure-producing areas of the brain has been an accepted form of treatment for more than 50 years. Read More

Ketogenic Diet

April 26, 2014 | Epilepsy Arizona Be sure to consult with your doctor before starting. Normally, our bodies run on energy from glucose, which we get from food. We can’t store large amounts of glucose, however. We only have about a 24-hour supply. When a child has no food for 24 hours - which is the way the diet begins, usually in a hospital - he or she uses up all the stored glucose. Read More