Epilepsy Medications

For more than 80 years, the most effective treatment for epilepsy has been anticonvulsant drugs. Medications do not cure epilepsy; they make it possible to live healthy, productive lives. Others may continue to have seizures, but less frequently.

Many antiepileptic medications come in forms, “brand either name” or“generic.” One company makes brand-name medications. However, several different companies often make generic medications.

The chemicals in both brand and generic medications are the same. However, how quickly they are absorbed from your stomach or processed by your body may differ. This may affect how much medicine you need.

If your pharmacist asks you if you would like your medicine to be a generic name or brand name, it is a good idea if you check first with your doctor.

This chart is to help you become more familiar with the medications used to help people with epilepsy.

BRAND NAME

(Generic name)

Brivaracetam

  • Briviact

 

Cannabidiol oral solution

  • Epidiolex

 

Carbamazepine

  • Epitol
  • Tegretol

 

Carbamazepine-XR

  • Carbatrol
  • Tegretol XR

 

Cenobamate

  • Xcopri

 

Clobazam

  • Onfi
  • Sympazan

 

Clonazepam

  • Klonopin

 

Diazepam Nasal

  • Valtoco

 

Diazepam Rectal

  • Diastat

 

Divalproex Sodium

  • Depacon
  • Depakote

 

Divalproex Sodium-ER

  • Depakote ER

 

Eslicarbazepine Acetate

  • Aptiom

 

Ethosuximide

  • Zarontin

 

Felbamate

  • Felbatol

 

Fenfluramine

  • Fintepla

 

Gabapentin

  • Neurontin

 

Lacosamide

  • Vimpat

 

Lamotrigine

  • Lamictal

 

Levetiracetam

  • Keppra

 

Levetiracetam XR

  • Keppra XR

 

Lorazepam

  • Ativan

 

Midazolam Nasal

  • Nayzilam

 

Oxcarbazepine

  • Oxtellar XR
  • Trileptal

 

Perampanel

  • Fycompa

 

Phenobarbital

  • Phenobarbital

 

Phenytoin

  • Dilantin

 

Pregabalin

  • Lyrica

 

Primidone

  • Mysoline

 

Rufinamide

  • Banzel

 

Stiripentol

  • Diacomit

 

Tiagabine Hydrochloride

  • Gabitril

 

Topiramate

  • Topamax

 

Topiramate XR

  • Qudexy XR
  • Trokendi XR

 

Valproic Acid

  • Depakene

 

Vigabatrin

  • Sabril

 

Zonisamide

  • Zonegran