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When to Seek Medical Care for Epilepsy
A first seizure is a reason to visit your doctor or a hospital's emergency department. For someone with a diagnosed seizure disorder, a change in seizure patterns or more frequent seizures are reasons to see the doctor.
Visits to a hospital's emergency department are not needed for everyone with a seizure. Some seizures are emergencies, as in the following cases when 911 should be called:
Epilepsy Exams and Tests
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The first task facing the doctor is to decide if the event was a seizure or some other condition, such as fainting, that may mimic a seizure.
Self-Care at Home for Epilepsy
Home care with epilepsy varies with the frequency and type of seizures. It is important to take anticonvulsant medication regularly to prevent seizures.
When a seizure occurs, an observer can use common sense to prevent injuries.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/6/2016
J Stephen Huff, MD
Mary Huff, RN
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James S Cohen, MD
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