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Travel And Epilepsy

Planning

  • Travel during the cooler months of the year.

  • Plan on travelling with a companion as far as possible.

  • Be honest about informing others about your epilepsy.

  • Take out travel medical insurance.

   

Medication on Travel

 

  • Take enough medication to last the entire holiday and carry a prescription for the same.

  • Airlines will at request remind you about medication.

  • For customs purposes carry medications in clearly marked original containers.

  • Adjust medication for changes in time zones. Preferably stick to the usual time interval as at home.

 

Daily Routines

  • Sleeping - long journeys and early departure times can disrupt sleep. Ensure 6 hrs sleep per day.

  • Drinking - Drinking large amounts of fluids or too little fluid in hot climates can provoke seizures.

  • Avoid alcohol.

  • Eating - Eat regularly to avoid low blood sugar.

 

 

Adventure Precaution

 

  • If cycling, wear a helmet.

  • When walking, stay to the outside edge of the road. Avoid walking close to water and always cross the road through a subway or marked crossing.

  • Avoid travelling upstairs in a bus, stay clear of doors and stay away from the edge of platforms.

  • Driving - avoid if possible.

  • Accommodation - Avoid balconies, stairs. Check room for sharp objects, which might hurt you during a seizure. Take usual precautions during bathing and cooking.

  • Discos can hold some risk if you have photosensitive epilepsy, when they are best avoided.

  • Water sports are safe if accompanied by someone who can swim.

 

Medication Precautions

  • Infections and diarrhoea can alter the levels of antiepileptic medications. See a doctor if ill for any reason longer than 24 hours

  • Certain drugs can interact with AEDS

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