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Seizures - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 if:

  • A person has a seizure for the first time.
  • A person having a seizure stops breathing for longer than 30 seconds.
  • A seizure lasts longer than 3 minutes.
  • More than one seizure occurs within 24 hours.
  • A seizure occurs with any signs of a stroke. These may include sudden weakness, numbness, inability to move, changes in vision, slurred speech, or confusion.
  • A seizure occurs with signs of serious illness, such as fever, severe headache, stiff neck, trouble breathing, or an unexplained rash.
  • A seizure follows a head injury.
  • A person has a seizure after using illegal drugs or drinking a lot of alcohol.
  • A pregnant woman has a seizure.
  • A person with diabetes has a seizure.

Call a doctor if you have been diagnosed with epilepsy, and you notice a change in your seizures (for instance, they happen more often or are worse than they used to be).

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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