17 Things Everyone Should Know About Epilepsy

14. Driving is…complicated.

Driving is...complicated.

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State laws require that most people with epilepsy be seizure-free for six months to a year before they can drive again.

“The driving restrictions vary among the states, but six months is a common period of restriction after a seizure,” says Stern. “This time period is somewhat arbitrary, but it relates to the fact that the likelihood of a seizure decreases as time passes after a seizure. Most of the risk is in the first year and much of it is in the first six months. The six-month period is intended to reduce the risk of injury at the time when the risk of a seizure is highest.”

The Epilepsy Foundation of America has a helpful database of state driving laws pertaining to epilepsy.

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