Which medications in the drug class Anxiolytics, Benzodiazepines are used in the treatment of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting?

Updated: Dec 04, 2019
  • Author: Rohit Shahani, MD, MS, MCh; Chief Editor: Karlheinz Peter, MD, PhD  more...
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Anxiolytics, Benzodiazepines

Administration of temazepam immediately before CABG can decrease the risk of tachycardia and hypertension resulting from anxiety regarding the operation. In the operating room, intravenous (IV) administration of a small dose of midazolam before arterial line insertion can also reduce anxiety, tachycardia, and hypertension.

Temazepam (Restoril)

Temazepam depresses all levels of the CNS (eg, limbic and reticular formation), possibly by increasing the activity of GABA.


Midazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine with a rapid onset of action.

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