Epilepsy - what to ask your doctor - adult
You have epilepsy. People with epilepsy have seizures. A seizure is a sudden brief change in the electrical activity in your brain. It leads to brief unconsciousness and uncontrollable body movements.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of yourself if you have epilepsy.
What to ask your doctor about epilepsy - adult; Seizures - what to ask your doctor - adult
What safety measures do I need to take at home to prevent injuries when I have a seizure?
Is it okay for me to drive? Where can I call to find more information about driving and epilepsy?
What should I discuss with my boss at work about my epilepsy?
- Are there work activities that I should avoid?
- Will I need to rest during the day?
- Will I need to take medicines during the work day?
Are there any sports activities that I should not do? Do I need to wear a helmet for any type of activities?
Do I need to wear a medical alert bracelet?
- Who else should know about my epilepsy?
- Is it ever okay for me to be alone?
What do I need to know about my seizure medicines?
- What medicines am I taking? What are the side effects?
- Can I take antibiotics or other medicines also? How about acetaminophen (Tylenol), vitamins, herbal remedies? Will birth control pills still work if I am taking medicines for my seizures?
- How should I store the seizure medicines?
- What happens if I miss one or more doses?
- Can I ever stop taking a seizure medicine if there are side effects?
How often do I need to see the doctor? When do I need blood tests?
What are the signs that my epilepsy is becoming worse?
What should others with me do when I am having a seizure? After the seizure is over, what should they do? When should they call the doctor? When should we call 911?
David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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