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Good managements in epilepsy

 

1.  An understanding of the condition - Need for a positive attitude rather than limiting oneself/a person as "epileptic"; seek out new things to do; talk to people about the condition to relieve stress and increase safety rather than keeping it a secret

 

2.  It is best that you or  those people around you know how to deal with a seizure when an attack occur. Caregivers should know what to expect and when to call for a doctor.

 

3.   Patients should always carry an identification to let strangers know that they have epilepsy when a seizure occur in public. Keep a card stating who to contact (e.g. your doctor or next-of-kin) in an emergency.

 

3.   Learn ways to manage the seizures (e.g. recording when a seizure occur and observation of seizures as well as any changes in seizures activity, precautions to take to avoid seizures, finding a method to help control one's own seizure)

 

4.   Know the goals and limitations of drug therapy

 

5.   Adverse effects of drugs to watch out for and know the potential drug interactions.

6.    What, when and how to report certain significant events to the doctor..     

                    

7.      Importance of taking the medications as directed and following the regimen closely while trying to  improve on it such as by using a dispenser so that one can clearly see if medication has been taken and not forgetting about it and doubling the dose next time.

 

8.   Risks/complications associated with pregnancy and options of birth control if necessary.

 

9.   Work closely with the doctor and let him knows one's concerns and problems in managing the condition. 

 

10.    Stay away from high risks sports suck as football, skiing and scuba-diving. Never go swimming alone.

 

11.    Don't get job that involves use of heavy or fast-moving equipments or unprotected exposure to heights.

 

12.    Follow a balanced, nutritious diet and get adequate rest.

 

13.    Exercise regularly as energy permits

 

14.    Drive only if seizures are under control and as advisable by your doctor.

 

15.    Avoid stimulants, mood-altering drugs and stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and sleeping pills.

 

16.    Keep stress and anxiety to the minimum and avoid situations that tend to increase stress and anxiety.