What is the role of flumazenil in the treatment of cocaine toxicity?

Updated: Sep 01, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Administration of flumazenil to patients with benzodiazepine use (eg, to blunt the effects of cocaine) may be dangerous. Cocaine is a gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) antagonist that may be blocked by benzodiazepines and potentiated by flumazenil. Use of flumazenil in the cocaine-intoxicated patient may induce seizures.


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