For many people, Trileptal is effective at controlling epilepsy. However, it is possible that side effects of Trileptal may occur, or that the medication may not adequately control a person's seizures. In these situations, a person may require an alternative to Trileptal. Trileptal alternatives can include other seizure medications, surgery, or a special diet.
An Overview of Trileptal AlternativesTrileptal® (oxcarbazepine) is a prescription medication used to treat seizures in people with epilepsy. Seizures are divided into two major categories -- partial seizures (also known as focal seizures) and generalized seizures. Partial seizures occur in just one part of the brain. About 60 percent of people with epilepsy have partial seizures. Generalized seizures affect both sides of the brain. Trileptal is approved to control partial seizures in people with epilepsy.
For many people, Trileptal is effective at controlling seizures. Most people also tolerate this epilepsy medication well. However, as with all medicines, it is possible that side effects will occur during treatment with Trileptal. Also, in some situations, the medicine may not adequately control seizures. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Trileptal for controlling seizures, including:
Other Seizure MedicationsFortunately, there are many medications available to control seizures. These medications can include:
- Carbamazepine (Epitol®, Equetro™, Tegretol®, Tegretol® XR)
- Divalproex sodium (Depakote®, Depakote® ER)
- Ethosuximide (Zarontin®)
- Felbamate (Felbatol®)
- Fosphenytoin (Cerebyx®)
- Gabapentin (Neurontin®)
- Lamotrigine (Lamictal®)
- Levetiracetam (Keppra®)
- Phenytoin (Dilantin®, Phenytek®)
- Pregabalin (Lyrica®)
- Tiagabine (Gabitril®)
- Topiramate (Topamax®)
- Valproic acid (Depakene®)
- Zonisamide (Zonegran®).
Some barbiturates and benzodiazepine medications are also approved for controlling seizures. They are often very useful in emergency situations. However, these medications have the potential to be abused and may lead to dependence or addiction. These medications can include:
- Amobarbital (Amytal®)
- Pentobarbital (Nembutal®)
- Phenobarbital (Luminal®)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin®)
- Clorazepate (Tranxene®)
- Diazepam (Valium®, Diastat®).