Which medications in the drug class Anticonvulsants, Other are used in the treatment of Meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Anticonvulsants, Other

Anticonvulsants are used to help aggressively control seizures (if present) in acute meningitis, because seizure activity increases ICP.

Lorazepam (Ativan)

Lorazepam is a sedative hypnotic with a short onset of effect and a relatively long half-life. By increasing the action of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, it may depress all levels of the CNS, including the limbic system and the reticular formation. Doses of 0.1 mg/kg IV have been used to control seizures.

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