Call an ambulance if you notice any of these warning signals during and/or after a seizure.
- A seizure lasts longer than five minutes or starts again after a few minutes.
- Unusual pain after the seizure.
- This can be a symptom of seizure-related injury. Seniors may be bruised or have broken bones if they have fallen on a hard object.
- The person has hit his/her head during the seizure.
- Laboured breathing or chest pain.
- Serious burns on the body.
- Consciousness does not return after the seizure.
- Pupils of the eyes are different sizes or dilated (bigger) after the seizure.
- The person feels confused for more than an hour after a seizure.
- Note: temporary confusion is common, but prolonged confusion requires medical help.
Seek emergency help if you notice any of these symptoms. They could be adverse effects of an antiepileptic drug (AED).
- Allergic reactions
- Rapid eye movement when awake
- Drunken or sloppy gait
If you are living with or caring for someone with a seizure disorder who has other medical problems, check with the doctor about how to respond when a seizure happens.
- Does the doctor want to be notified every time, or just in certain circumstances?
- Should you call an ambulance?
- Are there any special warning signals you should look for?