Diazepam is more useful than magnesium for immediate control of eclampsia

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7047.1669b (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1669
  1. Robert Fox,
  2. Tim Draycott
  1. Consultant obstetrician Taunton and Somerset Hospital, Taunton TA1 5DA
  2. Obstetric registrar Gloucester Royal Infirmary, Gloucester GL1 3NN

    EDITOR,—Lelia Duley criticises our suggestion that diazepam should be used for the immediate control of active eclampsia.1 2 We did not argue that diazepam should be used because it is more readily available or that it should be used rather than magnesium to prevent further fits. Our point was that it controls active eclampsia more rapidly because it can be prepared and given more easily. We …

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