15.1.7  Reasons for referral

You should refer in the following circumstances:

  • If you come across a person with epilepsy who has never been treated.
  • If you suspect a person is having a seizure for the first time and is above the age of 40 years.
  • If the seizure occurs in a child under two years of age.
  • If the person is pregnant.
  • If there has been a recent increase in the frequency of seizures, despite the use of AED medication and in the absence of any explanation.
  • If you suspect status epilepticus.
  • If there is evidence of psychiatric illness (requiring psychiatric drug treatment).
  • If there are severe side effects.

15.1.6  Drug treatment of epilepsy

15.2  Dementia