Is epilepsy dangerous

Answers to the most important questions

Dear patient,

 
the corona virus has an unexpectedly large impact on all of our lives and everyday life. We are very keen to give you, as a sufferer with chronic epilepsy, the best possible treatment even in these difficult times.
We have therefore adapted some of the processes at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Epileptology to the circumstances. We have also put together some frequently asked questions and answers (FAQ) in connection with the corona virus epidemic for you.
  

  
How do you receive your treatment at the Epileptology Clinic and Polyclinic?
      
Prescriptions can currently be issued and sent even if your insurance card was not available in this quarter, provided that your insurance details have not changed.

In this case, however, legally insured patients would have to - in contrast to the previous procedure - please send us a referral (e.g. from their general practitioner) by post.

Please send us NOT Your insurance card (electronic health card) by post. It is also currently not necessary to send a so-called insurance certificate from your health insurance company.

  
If you are already a patient with us and have made an appointment for a follow-up appointment, this can be carried out by telephone or video consultation under certain conditions (e.g. no additional diagnostics required). You will be contacted by us in good time before an agreed appointment to discuss which approach is sensible and possible for you.
   

  
As a person with epilepsy, am I at risk of corona virus infection or a severe course of the disease?
  
A precise and regularly updated assessment of risk groups can be viewed under the following link at the Robert Koch Institute:
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogruppen.html.
  
According to the current state of knowledge, epilepsy is not a risk factor for a severe course of the disease. Treatment with medication for epilepsy is not a risk factor either. Please do not change your medication yourself.
   
However, fever is a risk factor for people with epilepsy to have an epileptic seizure. In the event of an infection, for example, attention should be paid to lowering the fever and particular caution.
   
Treatment with drugs that weaken the immune system (immunosuppression), e.g. treatment with cortisone, on the other hand, increases the risk of a severe course of the disease when infected with the coronavirus. In this case, however, please do not change your medication without consulting your doctor.

 

     
Is emergency outpatient / inpatient care for epilepsy patients ensured?
   
Yes, the emergency care of epilepsy sufferers at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Epileptology in Bonn is ensured in both outpatient and inpatient areas.
      

 

How can I get a prescription for my medication without going to the ambulance myself?
   
In the current situation, it is possible to issue follow-up prescriptions for both those insured by statutory health insurance (GKV) and private health insurance (PV) without presenting the insurance card. For this we need a referral, e.g. from your family doctor (please send by post). We currently do not need a certificate from your health insurance company - unless the insurance data has changed. Please do NOT send your insurance card (electronic health card) to us by post! If you need a prescription, please contact us by phone (0228 / 287-19340 ambulance, -16195 ambulance appointments or for privately insured persons -15728 secretariat Prof. Surges) or by e-mail ([email protected] de or [email protected] for privately insured persons).
 

   
Has the supply of epilepsy drugs been ensured in the context of delivery bottlenecks, which are exacerbated by the current situation?
  
Delivery bottlenecks for drugs have been a problem for many chronically ill patients for many months, including those with epilepsy. It can happen again and again that an active ingredient from a certain manufacturer is not available for some time. According to the Federal Office for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), the current corona virus epidemic is not expected to exacerbate this problem. Hoarding of medicines is not recommended. However, it makes sense to request prescriptions a few weeks in advance and to procure a supply of medication. Specific delivery bottlenecks can be updated regularly and viewed on the BfArM website.