A tonic-clonic seizure, known also as a grand mal seizure, is a full-body seizure characterized by loss of consciousness, stiffness and convulsions, according to WebMD. They often occur in individuals with epilepsy but m... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

Adults can have generalized seizures, which involve all areas of the brain, or partial seizures, which affect a specific brain area, explains WebMD. There are several different forms of both seizure categories, with gene... More » Health Pain & Symptoms

Tegretol and Carbatrol are common medications for partial, generalized tonic-clonic and mixed seizures, according to WebMD. Physicians often prescribe another drug, Zarontin, for absence seizures. More » Health Medications & Vitamins
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