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free prescriptions

One of the 12 statements in the Epilepsy charter covering the rights and services that a person with epilepsy can expect.

The Epilepsy charter says: ‘You are entitled to free prescriptions for your anti-epileptic drugs and any other prescriptions you have'.

This is referred to as ‘medical exemption’ from paying prescription charges.

Medical exemption

To apply for a medical exemption certificate (or ‘MedEx’), you need to complete an FP92A form from your GP surgery. This needs to be signed by your GP or hospital doctor. The certificate lasts for five years, and then you need to renew it.

The certificate means that all medications that you get on prescription will be free of charge, whatever they are for (not just your anti-epileptic drugs). A MedEx form is not needed in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as all prescriptions are free in these countries.

Find out more about medical exemption (opens new window).

Get the charter

Order the fold-out guide through our online shop. The guide shows your care pathway from a first seizure, through diagnosis, treatment and self-management. Or download the Epilepsy charter (PDF, 790kb).