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What are Diazepam (Valium ), lorazepam (Ativan) and similar tranquilizers such as clonazepam ( Klonopin )?

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These drugs are commonly prescribed for short-term treatment of epilepsy. They’re commonly given in the emergency room to stop a seizure, particularly status epilepticus. Your body gets used to the medications, so the same dose works less well over time. Side effects include tiredness, unsteady walking, nausea, depression, and loss of appetite. In children, they can cause drooling and hyperactivity.

From: Epilepsy Drugs to Treat Seizures WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

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Epilepsy Foundation.

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