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    The care of someone with epilepsy varies depending on the frequency and type of seizures. It is important for the person to take anticonvulsant medication regularly to prevent seizures.

    When a seizure occurs, an observer should use common sense to prevent injuries:

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    • Cushion the person's head.
    • Loosen any tight neckwear.
    • Turn the person on his or her side.
    • Do not hold the person down or restrain the person.
    • Do not place anything in the mouth or try to pry the teeth apart. The person is not in danger of swallowing his or her tongue.
    • Observe seizure characteristics -- length, type of movements, direction of head or eye turning. These characteristics may help the doctor diagnose the type of seizure.

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    Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on May 25, 2014
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