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Absence Epilepsy Syndrome Treatment

Treating Pediatric Absence Epilepsy

Absence seizures are often set off by a period of hyperventilation. Sometimes, seizures are triggered by flashing lights or when the person breathes faster and more deeply than usual.


The treatment of absence epilepsy is a complex issue. There is uncertainty regarding which medication is best utilized to manage absence epilepsy. A diverse group of medications are used in the treatment of epileptic seizures. Anticonvulsants prevent or treat seizures or convulsions by controlling abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can be controlled with anti-seizure medication. The medicines most commonly used for absence seizures include ethosuximide (Zarontin), lamotrigine (Lamictal), valproic acid (Depakene), or divalproex sodium (Depakote).


Nutrients that may reduce seizure frequency include vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin E, manganese, taurine, dimethylglycine, and omega-3 fatty acids. CBD can help prevent some types of seizures in some people.

Many children outgrow absence seizures in their teens. If your child has experienced more than one seizure, please don’t hesitate to call and have your child fully examined.


You should call 911 if your child has never had a seizure before, if they have difficulty breathing or waking after a seizure. Call 911 if the seizure lasts longer then five minutes.


Our Fast Access Neurology (FAN) Service ensures a clinic visit with an expert pediatric neurologist in our institution within 24 to 72 hours after referral or initial contact with the Children’s Brain Institute.

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