There are hundreds of thousands of people in the United States with medication-resistant epilepsy. For many, their condition could be better managed by learning more about it and finding the right specialist who can help.
There are currently close to three million people in the United States with epilepsy. Of that total, close 500,000 are classified as medication resistant. Work is underway to help bring that number down and help more people with the condition.
As new medications have been approved for movement disorders like Parkinson's Disease many patients have been able to better manage their symptoms. When that is not enough newer surgical options have also been developed in recent years.
Researchers caution that Pregabalin, an agent approved by the FDA to treat epilepsy, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain, may be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects after first trimester exposure, though results are inconclusive.