Children's epilepsy resource for Clinicians

Resource site:

Weaning of Drugs


Many factors are relevant to this decision. The epilepsy syndrome provides the best information to guide. In some syndromes such as Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy the propensity for seizures is lifelong.


It is usually inadvisable to stop drugs abruptly unless there is an urgent reason and a weaning process of 1-2 months (for example) is recommended. Sometimes it is helpful to go very slowly. Issues such as driving and the published legal requirements must be considered.  









This page was created in March 2012. It was last reviewed in December 2017.