Seizure, Adult

A seizure means there is unusual activity in the brain. A seizure can cause changes in attention or behavior. Seizures often cause shaking (convulsions). Seizures often last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes.

HOME CARE

  • If you are given medicines, take them exactly as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

  • Do not swim or drive until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Teach others what to do if you have a seizure. They should:

  • Lay you on the ground.

  • Put a cushion under your head.

  • Loosen any tight clothing around your neck.

  • Turn you on your side.

  • Stay with you until you get better.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • The seizure lasts longer than 2 to 5 minutes.

  • The seizure is very bad.

  • The person does not wake up after the seizure.

  • The person's attention or behavior changes.

Drive the person to the emergency room or call your local emergency services (911 in U.S.).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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