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What is the goal of epilepsy therapy?

The goal of treatment is to be seizure free. This can be achieved with the first medication for up to 70 % of patients. However, the side effects of the anti-seizure medications can be significant, and may interfere with the patient's quality of life. Whether the anti-seizure medications are necessary depends on the severity and frequency of the seizures. The best treatment includes no or very few seizures with minimal adverse effects from the medications. 

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