Benzodiazepines for Epilepsy
Why It Is Used
Clonazepam may be used to treat:
- Reference Myoclonic seizures.
- Reference Absence seizures Opens New Window, especially when valproate or ethosuximide have failed to control the seizures.
- Reference Infantile spasms (not common).
- Reference Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (not common).
IV diazepam and lorazepam are often used to treat prolonged seizures or Reference status epilepticus Opens New Window. Diazepam may be used during short periods of increased, repeated, or prolonged seizures (acute repetitive seizures) in people who are taking other antiseizure drugs for long-term treatment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 26, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology