(1) Clinical uses. Clonazepam is used in the treatment of grand mal epilepsy. It is the alternate drug for the treatment of petit mal in patients who fail to respond to ethosuxamide (Zarontin®) therapy.
(2) Adverse effects. The primary side effect associated with clonazepam is central nervous system depression. Drowsiness is frequently seen in patients who take this medication.
(1) Clinical uses. Diazepam or lorazepam are drugs of first choice for the treatment of status epilepticus (a particular type of convulsive disorder) when it is given intravenously.
(2) Adverse effects. Drowsiness, fatigue, and ataxia are the most common adverse effects seen with diazepam.
NOTE: Midazolam (Versed®) may be used as a continuous infusion for the treatment of status epilepticus in patients that fail diazepam or lorazepam.
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