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

Updated: Aug 07, 2018
  • Author: David S Howes, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Benzodiazepines

These agents are used to treat seizures associated with encephalitis.

Lorazepam (Ativan)

Lorazepam is a sedative hypnotic with a short onset of effects and relatively long half-life.

By increasing the action of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, lorazepam may depress all levels of the CNS, including limbic and reticular formation.

It is important to monitor the patient's blood pressure after administering a dose. Adjust the dose as necessary.


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