Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group Releases Seizure Safety Tips for National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Experts Available to Speak to Recent Studies on SUDEP and Affects on Teens Born to Epileptic Mothers

NEW YORK--()--November is National Epilepsy Awareness month and in the spirit of raising awareness of epilepsy Dr. Marcelo Lancman, director of Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group (NEREG) and a board certified epileptologist of international recognition, would like to make the general public aware of key safety tips for handling a person experiencing a seizure.

With almost 3 million people in the U.S. having some form of epilepsy, and one in ten adults likely to experience a seizure during their life, everyone should know what to do when they are in the presence of an individual experiencing a seizure.

Dr. Evan J. Fertig, a board certified epileptologist at NEREG is available for interviews about a recent study outlining the impact on academic success of teens born to epileptic mothers.

For an interview, please contact: Amber Roberts, or 646-673-8547.

  • NEREG Shedding Light on Epilepsy: Through its “Illuminations” initiative this month, NEREG invites epilepsy patients and family and friends of epileptics to share their feelings about epilepsy through their artwork. NEREG will publish the artwork online and via Facebook. For more information and to participate:
  • NEREG Epilepsy Safety Tips: Do’s and Don’ts for Handling an Epileptic Seizure


  • Protect the person from injury - remove nearby harmful objects and cushion their head
  • Loosen their neckwear, scarves, ties, etc.
  • Time the seizure to see if it lasts more than 5 minutes.
  • Look for an epilepsy identity card or identity jewelry
  • Place them on their side as soon as seizure ends
  • Stay with the person until recovery is complete


  • Put anything in the person’s mouth
  • Restrain the person’s movements
  • Try to move them unless they are in danger
  • Give them anything to eat or drink until they are fully recovered
  • Attempt to bring them around

When to Call 911

  • There is no medical ID stating they have epilepsy or you know it is the person’s first seizure
  • The seizure continues for more than five minutes
  • The person is not waking up or is having trouble breathing
  • The person is injured during the seizure
  • You believe the person needs urgent medical attention
  • The person is pregnant
  • The seizure occurred in the water
  • You are not sure what to do


Launched in 1998, Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group (NEREG) is a multi-site practice in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut that offers unique services and comprehensive care to children and adults with epilepsy. NEREG provides state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures, 24/7 patient service, highly skilled and experienced practitioners, and exceptional specialty programs designed to cover a broad range of health care needs in each epilepsy patient. NEREG consists of nine board-certified epilepsy specialists with fellowship training in adult and childhood epilepsy, as well as many other highly skilled health care providers including pediatric/adult neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, epilepsy nurse practitioners, a specially trained nutritionist and epilepsy advocates.

For more information, visit NEREG’s website Patient advocacy group Epilepsy Life Links


Amber Roberts, or 646-673-8547

Release Summary

November is National Epilepsy Awareness month and Dr. Marcelo Lancman, board certified epileptologist, would like to make the public aware of key safety tips for a person experiencing a seizure.


Amber Roberts, or 646-673-8547