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Should Son use Medication if Epilepsy is Infrequent?

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My son had his first seizure when he was 9 in March of 05. At the time he had an EEG that showed activity on the right lobe. We opted not to give him meds. He had another seizure in 8/06 (a few days ago) his attacks are grand mal like - he blacks out, shakes and his eyes role. Last time he came right out of it and had very little fuzziness for about 5 minutes.
This time he went into a deep sleep after the seizure and was asleep for about 5 minutes. When he came to he was confused and very blurry. Slurred speech and unsteady. His speech cleared up after the paramedics gave him oxygen.
1. If I put him on meds - how do I know if the meds are working if his attacks are so far apart
2. What are the chances that it would be another almost 2 years between attacks.
3. What should I ask his Neurologist when we go (they can not see us for another 2 weeks)

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replied August 22nd, 2006
Epilepsy Answer A1356
Nobody knows why attacks of epilepsy are rare in some cases and are common in other cases. In cases when seizures are rare ,it is difficult to judge if the medicines are working or not. If and when seizures become more common, medicines will be necessary. You can request another EEG and CT-scan or MRI of the head for your son to identify the type of epilepsy he is experiencing, as well as possible causes. You must consult a neurologist!
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