What activity restrictions are advisable for patients with epilepsy?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The major problem for patients with seizures is the unpredictability of the next seizure. Clinicians should discuss the following types of seizure precautions with patients who have epileptic seizures or other spells of sudden-onset seizures:

  • Driving

  • Ascending heights

  • Working with fire or cooking

  • Using power tools or other dangerous equipment

  • Taking unsupervised baths

  • Swimming

These lifestyle precautions are clearly more applicable to some patients than to others. Document on the patient's chart that driving and occupational hazards for people with seizures were discussed.


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