If you've experienced multiple seizures or have been diagnosed with epilepsy, you might be wondering about your treatment options. Now might be the perfect time to schedule an appointment with us at Dr. Jennifer McMonigle Medical PC in East Northport, NY. Our goal is to help you identify the most effective treatment strategy for managing your epilepsy.


Experiencing more than one seizure could indicate epilepsy. The involuntary movements, spasms, and sudden changes in behavior can significantly disrupt daily activities. The recurrent, unpredictable nature of these episodes is particularly distressing. Thus, addressing the condition and seeking methods to mitigate symptoms is crucial for enhancing quality of life.


Epilepsy is a neurological disorder identified by the occurrence of repeated (two or more) unprovoked seizures. These seizures stem from disruptions in the brain's electrical activity. Although it is clear that these electrical disturbances in the brain trigger seizures and consequently epilepsy, identifying the precise cause can be complex. Often, the exact origin remains elusive, though potential factors include genetic disorders, brain injury, tuberous sclerosis, or infections like encephalitis or meningitis. Additionally, epilepsy can result from brain damage or injuries sustained before birth.


Identifying the underlying cause of an individual's epilepsy significantly aids in determining the most effective treatment approach. However, pinpointing the exact cause is not always feasible. In such cases, the focus shifts to devising the most effective strategy to manage and control seizures. The majority of epilepsy patients find Anti Epilepsy Drugs (AEDs) highly effective, enabling them to lead normal lives when treated accordingly. A wide array of drugs falls within this category, and the effectiveness of a single drug or a combination thereof may vary from one patient to another. A commonality among AEDs is their ability to modify chemical levels in the brain. The selection of the appropriate medication(s) hinges on the patient's diagnosis and medical history. Should medications prove ineffective, exploring lifestyle and dietary modifications may offer additional relief.