Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    We know you may have some questions about your child’s visit, medication refills or everyday life with epilepsy. We’ve provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

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    + Will I have labs drawn at every visit?

    Yes, labs will be drawn at every clinic visit. We will not call your home regarding lab results unless they are abnormal.

    + How much notice do I need to give for getting my child’s prescription refilled?

    Give us one weeks notice for refills of medications.

    + How much notice do I need to give for forms to be completed?

    Give two weeks notice for school forms, driving forms, Family and Medical Leave Act paperwork, and other forms or letters.

    + Can I drive?

    If you are of driving age, we will sign the necessary paperwork from the DMV if you have been seizure free for three months and are consistently taking your medication. The driving policy applies to cars, all-terrain vehicles (ATV), jet skis and any motorized vehicle.

    + Can I play sports?

    Most common sports are not restricted. We ask that your child gets plenty of rest and stays well hydrated while participating in sport activities. Let us know if your child engages in any “extreme” sports that could be potentially dangerous.

    + What if my child misses a dose of her anti-epileptic drug?

    If you remember the dose within four hours – go ahead and give that dose. If it has been more than four hours since the dose was due – skip that dose and give the next dose at the regularly scheduled time.

    + When should my child take his seizure medication?

    It should be given as prescribed by the doctor. If the medication is prescribed twice a day, then give the medication as close to 12 hours apart as possible on a consistent basis with food. If it is prescribed three times a day, then give the medication as close to eight hours apart as possible.

    + Can my child take cold medication?

    Consult with your primary care doctor. There are some medications that contain antihistamines that can lower seizure threshold (which means a seizure may occur). However, this does not happen with everyone and there is no way to predict whether a seizure will occur or not. If your primary care doctor feels your child would benefit from a cold medication, then follow the doctor’s advice.