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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Epilepsy Foundation Communications
Friday, January 3, 2020