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Epilepsy Information

Seizures and Travel

Introduction: follow the seizure precautions as outlined by your physician. Different states have differing laws regarding when you can drive if you have epilepsy.

  1. If you are travelling, make sure you take you anti-seizure medication with you. Ideally carry a little extra in the event of a trip delay.
  2. Do not pack your medication in your checked luggage.
  3. If you lose your medication contact your health care provider or local emergency room immediately.
  4. Carry documentation (or inform someone else travelling with you) of an emergency contact if needed.
  5. Ensure that you get adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation (sometimes inadvertent with time zone changes) can lead to breakthrough seizures even in patients who are taking their anti-seizure medication as prescribed.
  6. Excessive exertion, which can be considered a stressor could contribute to dehydration and can increase the likelihood for a breakthrough seizure. Ensure that you are well hydrated and do not miss meals.

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Treatment and Medication

Anti-seizure medications (ASD) are the most common way of treating epilepsy and almost always the first treatment prescribed by physicians to reduce the occurrence of seizures. There are around 26 AEDs used to treat seizures, and different AEDs work for different seizures. The majority of people with epilepsy could have their seizures controlled with AEDs.

Every epilepsy patient is different, even if they are on the same medication, dosage can differ. Some individuals are on more than one anti-seizure drug.

Contact the prescribing physician for more information regarding medications and prescriptions.

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