The Epilepsy Foundation is committed to access to physician-directed care for people living with epilepsy. There is no "one size fits all" treatment for epilepsy, and about a third of people living with epilepsy suffer from uncontrolled or intractable seizures, with many more living with significant side-effects, despite available treatments. Uncontrolled seizures can lead to disability, injury, and even death.
For the majority of people living with epilepsy, medication is the treatment used for controlling and/or reducing seizures. However, when a medication does not lead to greater seizure control, or its side effects stand in the way of adherence and productivity, individuals need access to additional treatment options. Medication side effects can impact cognitive ability, mood, and memory leading to a reduction in productivity at home, work, and school. Individuals experiencing significant side effects often cannot stay on their medications, leading to an increase in seizures and related medical complications and costs.
Effectively treating epilepsy and seizures with minimal side effects requires meaningful access to the full range of therapies available, including devices such as RNS and VNS and surgical procedures such a laser ablation.
The Epilepsy Foundation is committed to supporting policies that ensure meaningful access to proven, physican-directed therapies and treatments.