Medication | Managing your epilepsy | Support at university and further education | For young people


The heady new world of life of university and higher education can be very distracting, so your medication regime might not be top of your priority list - especially if your seizures are well controlled.

However, it’s important to stick to your prescribed medication routine.

Top tips:

  • Set an alarm: a late night means you might sleep past your usual medication time. Set the alarm and put your medication nearby. You can always go back to sleep afterwards!
  • Buy a pill box: forgetting where you’re up to is an easy mistake, so get yourself organised with a pill box. You can even buy them with a built-in alarm to remind you every day.
  • Remember to take your medication with you if you are going to be out late or staying away overnight: spontaneous nights away or a late night out may mean that you don’t go back to your accommodation as planned. Keeping your medication with you will avoid missing a dose if the unexpected invite comes your way.


If you take daily antiepileptic drugs you should be entitled to free prescriptions. This will cover any prescriptions you have - not just your AEDs.

To apply, you’ll need to complete an FP92A form (these are available from your doctor’s surgery or online here)

Once accepted, you will be issued with a medical exemption certificate. This will cover your NHS prescriptions for 5 years.

Helpline: 01342 831342 (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm)
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