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What causes seizures while driving?

What causes seizures while driving?

Photo driven seizure: The white lines can cause a photo driven seizure disorder. Have your doctor order a photo driven eeg. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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


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What should I do if someone has a seizure while driving?

What should I do if someone has a seizure while driving?

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

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Driving down a road at night and saw double then "come to" on the shoulder. Is that sleep or seizure?

Driving down a road at night and saw double then "come to" on the shoulder. Is that sleep or seizure?

Either: You should see your doctor, or go to a neurologist for evaluation. There are a feww other diagnoses that also need to be considered. But the way you describe it, sleep is my favorite pick. ...Read more

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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

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

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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

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 more

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What are restrictions on people with epilepsy? Driving, machinery, etc

What are restrictions on people with epilepsy? Driving, machinery, etc

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

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For how long is driving restriction after a heart attack?

For how long is driving restriction after a heart attack?

Up to doc: Pain free feel good cardiac rehab with good activity hate to have people on the road distracted? ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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What is a seizure?

Neuron discharge: Seizures are of many types and result from incoordinated neuron discharges. They can be focal without loss of consciousness or more severe with loss of consciousness as well as uncontrolled motor movements. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsions are rhythmic contractions of all muscles in the body, which create a violent rhythmic motion. A common type of convulsion is ...Read more