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

Updated: Jul 16, 2018
  • Author: Keith A Marill, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Benzodiazepines

These agents centrally inhibit vestibular responses, presumably by potentiating inhibitory GABA receptors.

Diazepam (Valium, Diastat, Diazemuls)

Probably most commonly used benzodiazepine to treat vertigo, its CNS duration is relatively short as it is highly lipophilic and undergoes rapid redistribution after administration.

Lorazepam (Ativan)

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


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