Diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan).
(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
(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.