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Seizure Driving Restrictions
Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)
A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more
Try to pull over: If you are a passenger, try to direct the car to the side of the road for safety. Help the driver be on his side so that anything in the mouth will fall forward. If possible and the mouth is open, sweep a finger to clear the mouth to prevent aspiration. Protect against hitting anything hard. Do not restrict movements because you might cause an extremity to dislocate or break a bone. Call 911. ...Read more
Driving down a road at night and saw double then "come to" on the shoulder. Is that sleep or seizure?
Finally got the courage to give lexapro (escitalopram) a try. Just read a possible side effect is seizure?? What if I'm Driving with my kids? Too scared to take now
Rare side effects: Seizures are a rare side effect of Lexapro (escitalopram). Lexapro (escitalopram) is a widely used, effective med for anxiety and depression. You may be more at risk driving while highly anxious than on low dose Lexapro (escitalopram) or similar SSRI. That said, you must be comfortable with meds that are elective. Working with a therapist on strategies to lower anxiety meantime may be helpful. Be safe and take care. ...Read more
Should my dad be driving after having seizure and taking keppra (levetiracetam) my dad is77 he recently had two brain seizures the neurologist put him on keppra (levetiracetam) i don think he should be driving but they didn't take his license away
This : This can be a legal issue. Different states have different laws regarding permission to drive following seizures. Most states require the patient to be seizure-free on medication for six months before permission to drive is restored. I don't know what the requirement is in pennsylvania. Also, in some states the physician is expected to notify dmv. Dmv then notifies the driver. The only exceptions I have made is if the patient has only nocturnal seizures or possibly if there is focal onset or aura that allow the driver to pull over and stop safely. The decision is individually based. I hope your father considers the danger to himself and others if he has a seizure while driving. I agree with dr. Fowler that you and your father should discuss this issue before someone gets hurt. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
State specific: Each state has its own restrictions on driving after a seizure. Some states are more restrictive than others, the requirements are listed on the internet or by your state department of motor vehicles. Return of licensure is variable but requires a period of total seizure control. Can not obtain interstate trucking license if you had a seizure, i'm unfamiliar with large machinery licensure. ...Read more
Up to doc: Pain free feel good cardiac rehab with good activity hate to have people on the road distracted? ...Read more
Had microdiscectomy at l4-5 2 weeks ago, work a very hard labor job. Plus do driving in 6 ton trucks. Possible to return without restrictions?
I tapered down off of 1 mg klonopin (clonazepam) a day over the course of a month; was on for 2 mos. am I at risk for seizure while w/d'ing? I feel lousy.
Probably not: That is a slow taper and you weren't taking much. You will feel lousy. That is why these meds are abused because they make you feel good and stopping them makes you feel bad. This will get better. Exercise really helps and not having to take somehting that affects your thinking and coordination and is addicting is a very good thing. It gets better!! There are better treatments out there. See MD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seizure causes: There are around 200, 000 new seizures and epilepsy cases each year, and a cause is only identified in about 30% of those cases. The most common causes include stroke, brain tumors, head injuries, genetic conditions, infections, abnormal sodium or blood sugar levels, etc. Certain factors known to provoke seizures include missing medication doses, alcohol/drugs, sleep deprivation and stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Potentially: Epileptic seizures can only be cured if a neurosurgeon could remove the area causing the seizures. Otherwise, seizures can be managed with medication, vagus nerve stimulator, or avoidance to stimulants that trigger seizures such as flickering lights or other causes of sensory stimulated seizures ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Only part of brain: At least at onset these seizures affect only part of the brain. Typically one remains awake - unless generalized to the other hemisphere or occasionally with complex partial seizures. Often confused with panic disorder, migraine headaches, dissociation, amnesia, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, and medication/elicit drug reactions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unknown: When nerve cell in brain fires electrical discharges abnormally, these discharges affect other nerve cells. Our brain has protective mechanism to avoid spread of those discharges. One cause is failure of the mechanism, why one nerve cell fires abnormally is stll not completely answered. Many researches are going on and more and more new informations are coming up but still no final answer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple: The symptoms depend upon the location of the seizure within the brain. These may include- unusual tastes/odors; rising sensation from the stomach; other abnormal sensory perceptions, loss of awareness, shaking or tingling or an arm or leg, or even brief body jerks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possible causes: First of all, you want to make sure that your baby is having true epileptic seizures and not some other non-epileptic events. Causes of seizures depend on age and situation. There are many possible causes including fever, metabolic changes, prior abnormal brain development, brain injury, tumors, strokes and hemorrhages, and genetic causes. It is best to seek expert advice from your doctor(s). ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers