ExitCare ImageNear-syncope (commonly known as near fainting) is sudden weakness, dizziness, or feeling like you might pass out. During an episode of near-syncope, you may also develop pale skin, have tunnel vision, or feel sick to your stomach (nauseous). Near-syncope may occur when getting up after sitting or while standing for a long time. It is caused by a sudden decrease in blood flow to the brain. This decrease can result from various causes or triggers, most of which are not serious. However, because near-syncope can sometimes be a sign of something serious, a medical evaluation is required. The specific cause is often not determined.


Monitor your condition for any changes. The following actions may help to alleviate any discomfort you are experiencing:

  • Have someone stay with you until you feel stable.

  • Lie down right away if you start feeling like you might faint. Breathe deeply and steadily. Wait until all the symptoms have passed. Most of these episodes last only a few minutes. You may feel tired for several hours.  

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your urine clear or pale yellow.  

  • If you are taking blood pressure or heart medicine, get up slowly when seated or lying down. Take several minutes to sit and then stand. This can reduce dizziness.

  • Follow up with your health care provider as directed. 


  • You have a severe headache.  

  • You have unusual pain in the chest, abdomen, or back.  

  • You are bleeding from the mouth or rectum, or you have black or tarry stool.  

  • You have an irregular or very fast heartbeat.  

  • You have repeated fainting or have seizure-like jerking during an episode.  

  • You faint when sitting or lying down.  

  • You have confusion.  

  • You have difficulty walking.  

  • You have severe weakness.  

  • You have vision problems.  


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.