A person who has had a seizure must not drive until advised it is safe to do so by their doctor. Adults with epilepsy should have a review with their GP or specialist at least once a year. Children with epilepsy should have a review with a specialist at least once a year but more often if necessary.
Caring for someone who has had a seizure
If someone is having a seizure, follow this advice:
- protect them from injuring themselves by removing any sharp or unstable objects from the area
- place a cushioned object, such as a pillow or rolled up jumper, on either side of the person’s head to protect them from a head injury
- do not restrain them, allow the seizure to happen
- do not put anything in their mouth while they are having the seizure – there is no danger of them swallowing their tongue
- do not give them anything to eat or drink until they have completely stopped having the seizure
- stay with the person until they have stopped having the seizure.
Usually when a person has an epileptic seizure who is known to have epilepsy there is no need to call an ambulance.
Call triple zero (000) if:
- the seizure continues for more than 5 minutes or a second seizure quickly follows
- the patient remains unresponsive for more than 5 minutes after a seizure stops
- the patient has been injured
- the patient has diabetes or is pregnant
- you know, or believe it to be the patient's first seizure.
Recovering from a seizure
Recovery is different for everyone and there is usually no need for further medical assessment unless the person is injured. Some people with diagnosed medical conditions wear ‘Medic Alerts’ or special pieces of jewellery or identification that shows that they will need special medical care in an emergency.
Not sure what to do next?
If you are still concerned about your seizures treatment, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.
The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).
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Last reviewed: September 2017