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Medical Cannabis Factsheets

Many people living with epilepsy are curious about medicinal cannabis and its use in treating epilepsy. As there are no registered cannabis-based medicines currently listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for epilepsy, applications need to be made via the TGA Special Access Scheme. Before you embark on this journey, it may be worth doing a self-assessment to see if you would be considered a candidate, at this point in time, to seek a prescription for medicinal cannabis to treat your seizures.

Answer the following questions to check your eligibility.

Q.1

Are you an Australian resident?

Q.2

Do you have a confirmed diagnosis of epilepsy?

Q.3

How many different medications are you currently taking to manage your epilepsy?

Q.4

How many different medications have you trialled and failed since you were diagnosed with epilepsy?

Q.5

Please select the description that best fits your type of seizure/s.

Is this the only seizure type you experience?

Is this the only seizure type you experience?

Is this the only seizure type you experience?

Is this the only seizure type you experience?

Is this the only seizure type you experience?

Is this the only seizure type you experience?

Q.6

Has your doctor stated that you have medication resistant epilepsy or intractable epilepsy?

Q.7

Are you currently, or planning to be, pregnant or breastfeeding?

Q.8

Do you currently experience, or have a history of severe and unstable cardio-pulmonary disease?

You may be considered a candidate for a cannabis-based therapy. The first step is to ask the question of your treating doctors to open the conversation. You can assist your doctor with the application process by completing the Epilepsy History Form.

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