Which medications in the drug class Benzodiazepine are used in the treatment of Acute Liver Failure?

Updated: Jun 13, 2019
  • Author: Gagan K Sood, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Benzodiazepine

As patients with fulminant hepatic failure drift deeper into coma, the ability to protect their airway from aspiration decreases. Short-acting benzodiazepines in low doses may be used before intubation.

Midazolam

Midazolam is a shorter-acting benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic useful in patients requiring acute and/or short-term sedation. Midazolam is used for sedation for mechanically ventilated patients. It is given through continuous intravenous infusion for sedation of intubated and mechanically ventilated patients.


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