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Epilepsy Seizure: What to Do in an Emergency

Seizures and the Emergency Room

Seizures that involve any of these conditions should prompt an emergency room visit or a call to 911:

  • Diabetes
  • Brain infections
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Pregnancy
  • Poisoning
  • Low blood sugar
  • High fever
  • Head injury

You should also call 911 if:

  • Seizures of any kind go on longer than five minutes
  • Multiple seizures occur in a short period of time
  • The person stops breathing
  • A seizure occurred in water
  • The person hit his or her head during a seizure and becomes difficult to arouse, is vomiting, or complains of blurry vision
  • It is the first time a seizure occurred

Many people living with epilepsy, and their loved ones, are experienced at handling uncomplicated seizures with first-aid at home. If something seems wrong or unsafe, you should seek emergency care. And always remember to record your seizures -- the date, time, and any circumstances that seem important -- and bring the record to your next doctor's visit.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on June 27, 2012

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