Which medications in the drug class Benzodiazepines are used in the treatment of Scorpion Envenomation?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: David Cheng, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Benzodiazepines

By increasing the action of GABA (inhibitory neurotransmitter), benzodiazepines counteract scorpion-induced excessive motor activity and nervous system excitation.

Lorazepam (Ativan)

Lorazepam is a sedative hypnotic with a short onset of effects and relatively long half-life. By increasing the action of GABA, which is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, it may depress all levels of the CNS, including limbic and reticular formation.

Midazolam (Versed)

Midazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine that can be administered in continuous infusion for severe nervous system excitation.


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