Letters Lorazepam availability

Where has all the lorazepam gone?

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5955 (Published 21 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5955
  1. David J S de Monteverde-Robb, lead pharmacist1
  2. On behalf of Christopher M C Allen, Maxwell S Damian, Mark R A Manford, Rowan M Burnstein, Kevin E J Gunning, David K Menon
  1. 1Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK
  1. david.demonteverde-robb{at}addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Intravenous lorazepam is preferable to intravenous diazepam as first line treatment of status epilepticus.1 It has a longer redistribution half life, which lessens the chance of seizure recurrence.1 Lorazepam may also bind more tightly to receptors in the brain, so, although it has a similar …

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