Epilepsy as a teenager and young adult
At the time of writing this information, you must be seizure free for 12 months, either of or off medication. While this can be frustrating, it is for your safety, and the safety of others on the road. To ensure you know the most up to date information, please visit:
If you are over 16, and unable to drive due to seizures, you may be entitled to an off-peak travel bus pass. Please visit the transport section of your local council website for further information. A supporting letter can be provided by the epilepsy team if needed.
MOVING ON UP
Some young people with epilepsy may outgrow their seizures. Those that continue to have seizures, or continue to take anti-seizure medications will transition to adult services between the age of 16 and 18 years. We may start preparing you for this transition from the age of 13 or 14 by encouraging you to take more responsibility of your medications etc. When it does come time to transition to adult services, the first appointment will be a joint
appointment with paediatric and adult teams present.
ALCOHOL AND RECREATIONAL DRUGS
Alcohol is illegal for those aged under 18. When you are able to drink, your epilepsy doesn’t mean you cannot drink any alcohol, however it is important that you are aware that excessive alcohol consumption can be a trigger for seizures and it is important to take care when drinking alcohol.
Drinking alcohol may sometimes cause you to forget your anti-seizure medication, which is a common trigger for breakthrough seizures.
Sometimes anti-seizure medications can make you feel drunk more quickly than your peers. Look after yourself, be sensible and do not feel pressured in to drinking more alcohol than you are comfortable with.
Recreational drugs are always illegal, and we do not always know what is in them. Therefore, we cannot know the impact they may have on your anti-seizure medication, or your epilepsy. We do not recommend taking recreational drugs.