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 seizures 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.

VIMPAT can be taken alone for partial-onset seizures or may be added to an existing seizure medicine to help control partial-onset or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures.

VIMPAT is a prescription medicine used:

  • to treat partial-onset seizures in people 1 month of age and older.
  • with other medicines to treat primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in people 4 years of age and older.

It is not known if VIMPAT is safe and effective for partial-onset seizures in children under 1 month of age or for primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in children under 4 years of age.

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.