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Is driving risky while on treatment for epilepsy?

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Posted on Tue, 23 Feb 2016
Question: My name in XXXX 21year male.i am suffering from epilipsy and taking drug levepsy 500mg tablet in the morning and in night.Am i strong enough to ride a vehicle??
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Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Avoid driving as it is risky

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXX,
I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.
Seizure frequency and control depends upon cause of seizure and medications.
In some seizures the episodes are well controlled on drugs but in other types chances of recurrence are common.
Is there any special type of seizure or syndrome diagnosed in your case?

When the seizures started, frequency and last seizure episode?
Driving is not advisable as it may risk your life and others if seizures occurs.
No clear cut legislation in our country at present.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
Do get back to me for further queries.
Regards
Dr N Kumar
Neurologist


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Neeraj Kumar (8 hours later)
Driving in the sense riding bike for 10km does it increases stress level or am i not fit to travel at all??
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Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Avoid driving alone

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
It's not related to stress or driving skills. The real danger is recurrence of seizure while driving. It can happen any time.
With duration of treatment and adequate drugs the chances decreases.
In some countries there are law regarding driving and seizure patient.
Regards
Dr N Kumar
Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: Avoid driving as it is risky Detailed Answer: Hello XXXX, I have gone through your question and understand your concerns. Seizure frequency and control depends upon cause of seizure and medications. In some seizures the episodes are well controlled on drugs but in other types chances of recurrence are common. Is there any special type of seizure or syndrome diagnosed in your case? When the seizures started, frequency and last seizure episode? Driving is not advisable as it may risk your life and others if seizures occurs. No clear cut legislation in our country at present. Hope you found the answer helpful. Do get back to me for further queries. Regards Dr N Kumar Neurologist