Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Seizure Disorder Prevention

You can't prevent epilepsy, but you can do things that reduce your risk for a seizure such as:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Avoid decongestant medications.
  • Do not take nonprescription medications without talking to your doctor first.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Practice seizure safety:
    • Do not drive or operate machinery.
    • Do not participate in sports.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Take anticonvulsant medications as directed:
    • Do not miss doses of medication.

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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