Which medications in the drug class Benzodiazepines are used in the treatment of Heat Stroke?

Updated: Nov 06, 2018
  • Author: Robert S Helman, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines are safe and effective in controlling agitation, convulsions, and shivering.

Lorazepam (Ativan)

Predictability and ease of use make lorazepam the drug of choice in most cases. It may be used intravenously and is well absorbed after intramuscular injection. Its onset of action is within minutes, effects peak in 15-20 minutes, and the duration of action is 6-8 hours.

Midazolam (Versed)

Midazolam is a rapidly acting benzodiazepine with a short duration of action. It is ideal for sedation during short procedures and may be effective in convulsions.


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