Getting Emergency Help
When should I call an ambulance?
An ambulance is only needed if a person has a life-threatening seizure or problems after a seizure.
Call for emergency help if:
- A seizure lasts 5 minutes or longer.
- One seizure occurs right after another without the person regaining consciousness or coming to between seizures.
- Seizures occur closer together more than usual for that person.
- Breathing becomes difficult or the person appears to be choking.
- The seizure occurs in water.
- Injury may have occurred.
- The person asks for medical help.
Remember, you don’t need to call an ambulance for every seizure. Most seizures end on their own within a few minutes.
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