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Living with Epilepsy

Is There Anything You Can Do To Control Seizures?

  • Learn as much as possible about your condition
  • Keep track of the frequency of seizures. You can use a calendar or a smartphone app such as - Make a note in the diary if you identify something which would have triggered your seizure.
  • Ensure that you take the medications as prescribed
  • Make sure you get enough rest and sleep
  • Make sure other medical conditions are under control
  • Avoid drinking alcohol

What Is The Impact Of Seizures On Your Life?

  • Until the seizures are controlled, there are limitations to driving. Please check with your local DMV about driving restrictions.
  • Your neurologist may advise you to restrict or take special precautions with certain activities.
  • Most people with epilepsy will have optimal seizure control and will lead a long and full life, with no limitations on driving or other activities


  • Epilepsy can be different in each person: some have easily controlled seizures and some have difficult to control seizures
  • The goal of treatment for seizures are - No seizures, No side effects
  • Ensure that you take medications as prescribed and discuss with your Neurologist any side effects that occur
  • Women should discuss contraception, pregnancy and lactation with the Neurologist
  • Understand activity restrictions including driving, until seizures are controlled
  • Consider wearing a Medic-Alert bracelet.

First Aid For Seizures:

  • The most important thing to do is to keep
  • the person safe until the seizure stops
  • Prevent injuries by clearing the area of any harmful objects
  • If possible place the person on the floor in the recovery position
  • Place a soft object under the head to protect the head from trauma
  • Do not place any objects in the mouth. It is not true that an unconscious person can swallow the tongue.
  • Do not try to hold the person down or attempt to stop the movements

Call 911 If:

  • The patient has repeated seizures
  • The patient does not seem to wake up after a seizure
  • If seizure lasts more than 5 minutes

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