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What questions can you ask your doctor about epilepsy?

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If you’ve just been diagnosed, you can ask:

1. What type of epilepsy do I have?

2. Am I likely to have more seizures if I don't get medication or other treatments?

3. If I need medication, what side effects can I expect? What should I do when I notice these side effects?

4. What should I do if I have another seizure?

5. Is it safe for me to drive? If not, when will it be safe to start driving again?

6. Is it safe for me to swim? Are there any other activities I should be cautious about participating in?

7. Is it safe for me to drink alcohol?

8. Could brain surgery be effective in stopping my seizures?

9. What should I tell my friends, co-workers, and family members about this condition?

10. What support organizations for epilepsy are in my area?

From: 10 Questions to Ask Doctor About Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 10/21/2018

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Epilepsy Foundation.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

SOURCE: 

Epilepsy Foundation.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

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