According to a story from Scimex, a recent assessment of available treatments for Dravet syndrome and other types of epilepsy has reaffirmed that anticonvulsant medications are still the most effective form of treatment. Anticonvulsants are widely used in treating epileptic disorders, with many patients finding long-term seizure relief. However, about a third of patients still experience occasional seizures. Thankfully, some new treatment methods are beginning to show potential.
Dravet syndrome is a type of epilepsy that begins very early in life, with the first symptoms appearing at about six months old. Compared to other types of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome can be challenging to manage because seizures can be easily triggered by high temperatures and fever. The syndrome can cause problems with behavior, ataxia and other movement problems, cognitive impairment, and sleeping problems. Seizure events often become progressively worse over time. Dravet syndrome is caused by a genetic disorder, but in most cases it is not inherited from a parent. To learn more about Dravet syndrome, click here.
Anticonvulsant medications have been steadily improved over time, primarily in their tolerability and safety; however, their effectiveness in treating epileptic disorders has not really increased otherwise. With this in mind, it is clear that there is a significant need for improvements in effectiveness for treatment.