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Treatment with epilepsy medicines

Everything you need to know about epilepsy treatment. Also a list of all epilepsy medicines, how they affect your bones, how they affect contraception and the Yellow Card Scheme

Other ways of treating epilepsy

Brain surgery, deep brain stimulation, trigeminal nerve stimulation, vagus nerve stimulation, the ketogenic diet and complementary therapies

Getting the same version of your epilepsy medicine every time

Why it’s important to get the same version of your epilepsy medicine, generic prescribing and parallel imports

Complementary treatments

Includes information about herbal medicines, supplements and essential oils

Visiting your doctor

Preparing for your appointment

Status epilepticus

Information about what status epilepticus is, why it’s a medical emergency and how to treat it

Emergency treatment for seizures that last a long time

Emergency treatment, individual plans and consent

Getting healthcare in the UK

Healthcare including NICE guidelines and epilepsy specialist nurses

The Epilepsies: You, Epilepsy and the NICE Guideline

Details information from the NICE guidelines 

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Hi. I was wondering if anybody could help me with a dilemma. I have no idea where or who to start with with this question. I was diagnosed with epilepsy 6 years ago. I am on meds and do not have seizures whilst on them. I work full time. I would like to change my medication so as my partner and I can start planning a family. But ... I wouldn't be able to drive. I live in a rural area so it would be difficult to get to my place of work. Does anybody know if I would be entitled to any help with travel or if I had to leave work with benefits? I would really appreciate any info. X

Submitted by Rebecca cross on

Hi. If you live in England, Scotland or Wales and you change your epilepsy medicines, your own doctor will advise you how long you may need to stop driving for. You don’t need to inform the DVLA or return your licence. If you live in Northern Ireland, you must stop driving and inform the DVA. Six months after the change over, you need to re-apply to the DVA and they will let you know when you can drive again.

In the UK, people who can’t drive because of their epilepsy are entitled to free or discount bus and rail fares. Some people can apply for help with transport to work through a scheme called Access to Work. You can find information about all of this, and also about organisations that offer benefits advice, on our website: Possible benefits for people with epilepsy

I hope this information helps.

Advice and Information Team

Submitted by Amanda@Epilepsy... on

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