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When should you call a doctor about seizures?

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Most of the time, seizures end on their own and aren’t cause for alarm. But seek medical help right away if:

  • The seizure lasts more than 5 minutes.
  • A second seizure starts right away.
  • You hurt yourself during your seizure.
  • You’re pregnant.
  • You have diabetes.
  • Your seizure might have been caused by heat exhaustion.
  • You’ve never had a seizure before.
  • The person doesn’t “come to” or isn’t breathing after the seizure ends.
  • The person has thrown up and may have breathed in some vomit.

SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: “Stages of a Seizure.”

Epilepsy Foundation: “What Happens During a Seizure?” “Types of Seizures,” “What Is a Seizure?” “How Serious are Seizures?” “Tonic-Clonic Seizures,” “Treatment 101: The Basics,” “When Medicines Do Not Work.”

Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Tonic-Clonic (Grand Mal) Seizures.”

Medscape: “Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures Clinical Presentation.”

Epilepsy Action: “Focal Seizures.”

Seizure : “Prodromal symptoms in epileptic patients: Clinical characterization of the pre-ictal phase.”

CDC: “Epilepsy: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 27, 2019

SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: “Stages of a Seizure.”

Epilepsy Foundation: “What Happens During a Seizure?” “Types of Seizures,” “What Is a Seizure?” “How Serious are Seizures?” “Tonic-Clonic Seizures,” “Treatment 101: The Basics,” “When Medicines Do Not Work.”

Mayo Clinic: “Epilepsy.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Tonic-Clonic (Grand Mal) Seizures.”

Medscape: “Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures Clinical Presentation.”

Epilepsy Action: “Focal Seizures.”

Seizure : “Prodromal symptoms in epileptic patients: Clinical characterization of the pre-ictal phase.”

CDC: “Epilepsy: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 27, 2019

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