Seizure Medications With Children

Antiseizure medications are typically considered for children who have recurrent seizures that are unprovoked (not caused by another medical problem). Rarely, medication may be started in a child after a single seizure, particularly if that seizure was very severe or prolonged, and if the risk of recurrence is felt to be high.

If your child misses a dose of medication, take it as soon as you realize the dose was missed, even if the next dose is due shortly. Then take the next dose at the regular time.

If you realize you missed a dose at the time the next dose is due, you should still make up the dose. That means taking the missed dose and the regular dose together. However, you should never take 3 doses together.

Authored By:

Elaine Wirrell MD
Katherine C. Nickels MD

on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Reviewed By:

Elaine Kiriakopoulos MD, MSc

on Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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