Hi and welcome to Healing Well.
Re your quriosity about seizure medication over the long term:
Everybody's seizure condition and body chemistry is different, however, I've had epilepsy since 1979 when I had a Gran-Mal seizure. After several tests, I was put on DILANTIN and after a few years pheonobarb was also added.
I still maintained my job and drivers licence until I had to medically retire in 2004.
Although I had to change careers due to the side effects of my meds, I ended up being an Administration Manager for the Government of Canada.
I went seizure free for 23 yrs, then in 2002 I had a minor incident in a Wal-Mart parking lot and although I just touched another car during a seizure (it could have been much worse, thank god there was a car in front of me to stop me) I had my drivers licence removed.
So that means that in 26 yrs, I've only had 2 sz's.
The seizures never go away completely but my meds stop the seizures from becoming really severe and now I constantly have "Petit-Mal" seizures. I can live with that. As a result of that, I didn't have to change my lifestyle that much.
Yes you're right, there's no guarantees in life but that is my situation.
Hope you get something usefull out of this.
Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.