Possible seizure triggers

  • Not sleeping enough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Viral illness or infection
  • Missed doses of anti-seizure medications
  • Menstrual periods (in girls and women)

1. Is this the person's first seizure?



If yes, go to question 2. If no, answer the following questions:

  • When was the last seizure? ____________________
  • What do the seizures usually lookl ike? ____________________

2. Answer these questions about the seizure

  • How long did the seizure last? ____________________
  • What time did the seizure happen? ____________________
  • When was the person's last anti-seizure medication dose? ____________________
  • When is the next dose? ____________________
  • Did the person hurt themselves during the seizure? If yes, how so? ____________________
  • Did the person fall asleep or become very drowsy after the seizure? If yes, for how long? ____________________
  • Did you notice any warning signs of the seizure before it happened?



    If yes, what did you notice? ____________________

3. Circle all of the person's seizure symptoms

Seizure symptoms
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Rev. 4/2018


Reviewed by the MGHfC Family Advisory Council


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