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Epilepsy and Driving

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If you have seizures that change your awareness, consciousness, or muscle control, you may not have the legal right to drive.

  • Laws vary from province to province. You may have to be seizure-free for at least 6 months to 1 year before you can get a driver's licence.
  • The laws of the province you live in, not your doctor, decide whether you have the right to drive. Check with your provincial licensing agency about the requirements in your province.
  • Some drugs used to control epilepsy may make you drowsy. If you just started a new drug, don't drive until you know how the drug will affect you.

The laws about who can drive may seem unfair. But they can keep you and others safe until your seizures are under control.

Be sure to take antiepileptic medicine as prescribed. Taking it incorrectly makes it more likely you'll be in a crash.

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Current as of: May 1, 2023

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