Driving and Epilepsy: a Review of Important Issues

Joon-Yi Kang, Scott Mintzer

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Driving restrictions in people with epilepsy (PWE) is a highly contentious topic. The fundamental difficulty lies in achieving a balance between safety and practicality. The aim of this review is to provide an overview, history, and rationale behind current laws regarding driving restriction in PWE. We also discuss recent findings that may be helpful to practitioners during individual discussions with PWE including seizure recurrence risk after first seizure, recurrent seizure, and anticonvulsant with drawl and driving restrictions in patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number80
JournalCurrent Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Driving
  • Epilepsy
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Pseudoseizures
  • Seizures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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