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Epilepsy Curr. 2002 Jul;2(4):121-124.

Prehospital Treatment of Status Epilepticus with Benzodiazepines Is Effective and Safe.

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Department of Neurology Health Sciences Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.


Benzodiazepines are an effective and safe treatment of status epilepticus and serial seizures when used in an out-of-hospital setting. Intravenously administered lorazepam is somewhat superior to diazepam for the treatment of status epilepticus. Treatment of status epilepticus should be initiated when seizures have lasted 5-7 minutes.

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