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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).

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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