Tips for best practice with Epilepsy during COVID19

Added to the common questions we have addressed here, we recognise that for people across the country, normal life has changed massively. Due to these difficult times, it could be easy to forget best practices when it comes to managing your epilepsy - therefore, we have listed some pointers below:

-At all times, be sure to mention to pharmacists that you have epilepsy if  purchasing over the counter products. It is essential that they know you have epilepsy in case there is any possble counteraction with your epilepsy medication. If unsure,contact your epilepsy nurse specialist.

-Similarly to the above, if you are developing symptoms of COVID19, you must advise your healthcare professional that you have epilepsy. Knowing this will help your Doctor make the best decision for your treatment.

-Be sure to keep your prescription filled and make sure your epilepsy medication is in date.

-Stay active, know your triggers and manage your stress in so far as possible (more on that here). See also our section on lifestyle and triggers.

-Managing stress is very important in the current environment as stress can lead to increased seizures for people with epilepsy. Like epilepsy, stress is individual so what work for one person may not necessarily work for another. Further reading on this here and useful information can also be found in the additional resources section here.

-With COVID19, we are seeing increased interest in seizure alarms and monitors. If you need advise on the best alarm for you, please contact our National Information Officer or see Pg 18 of our Safety & Seizures booklet here.

-Remember, our Community Resource Officers are availble to advise and support you with your epilepsy so please don't hesitate to call. Details of local Community Resource Officer here.