What is Epilepsy?

If you’re living with epilepsy, you’re not alone

Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures. There are many different kinds of seizures, and people with epilepsy can have more than one type.

There are 2 main categories of seizures:

Generalized seizures, which affect both sides of the brain

  • Absence seizures
  • Tonic-clonic seizures
    (also called grand mal)

Focal or partial seizures, which are located in just one side of the brain

  • Simple focal seizures
  • Complex focal seizures
  • Secondary generalized seizures

People are diagnosed with epilepsy if they have 2 or more seizures. If you have epilepsy, it may help to know that you’re not alone. In fact, epilepsy is one of the most common conditions affecting the brain.

Finding the treatment that fits your needs

There are many treatment options that are available to help manage seizures. These include many different types of medication, surgery, and even special diets. Your healthcare provider (HCP) can help you find the treatment that’s right for you.

If you are prescribed an epilepsy medication, it is important to take your therapy exactly as instructed by your HCP. If you have trouble swallowing medicine, you may want to talk to your HCP about SPRITAM® (levetiracetam), which you may find surprisingly easy to take (see why). SPRITAM is approved to treat:

  • Partial onset seizures in patients 4 years of age and older weighing more than 20 kg (44 pounds)
  • Myoclonic seizures in patients 12 years of age and older with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy who are also taking other medications to treat their seizures
  • Primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients 6 years of age and older weighing more than 20 kg with certain types of generalized epilepsy and who are also taking other medications to treat their seizures

To learn more about living with epilepsy or caring for someone who has epilepsy, talk to your HCP. He or she may also recommend some helpful resources or websites, such as

Worth Remembering

SPRITAM—the first and only FDA-approved medicine made with 3D printing—rapidly disintegrates in the mouth in an average time of 11 seconds (ranging from 2 to 27 seconds) with just a sip of liquid.