Your Role as a Caregiver


Your role as a parent or caregiver

Partnering with the doctor in treatment decisions

As a parent or caregiver, you play an important role in the treatment decision process. The information you provide the doctor can be instrumental in helping the doctor make informed decisions about your child’s or loved one's treatment. Work together to understand the benefits and possible side effects of epilepsy medicines or other treatments. Think about what works best for you and your loved one.

What to expect from treatment

Less than half of all people with epilepsy respond to the first medicine they try, and a third of those with partial-onset epilepsy still don’t find control after three medicines. It can be frustrating. Fortunately there are many treatments and combinations to try. If the doctor chooses VIMPAT, it’s good to know that VIMPAT is approved to treat partial-onset seizures alone or with other seizure medicines.

Based on studies in adults, when VIMPAT is taken alone, it may be the only seizure medicine needed to control your partial-onset seizures.

VIMPAT is a prescription medicine used to treat partial-onset seizures in people 4 years of age and older. VIMPAT may cause serious side effects including suicidal thoughts and actions, dizziness, double vision, sleepiness, problems with coordination and walking, an irregular heartbeat or feeling faint.

Understanding how to better deal with epilepsy

Parents and caregivers can often provide neurologists or pediatric neurologists with unique insight into their child's or loved one's experience with epilepsy. If you have any concerns about your loved one, talk to them about it. Encourage them to talk to their doctor.