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Natl J Med Res. 2013; 3(1): 30-33

Comparative Study of Intranasal Midazolam and Intravenous Benzodiazepines in Control of Seizures in Children

Janki Panchal, Khyati Kakkad, Prashant Kariya, Prakash Patel.


Background: Seizures are very common in pediatric patients. As duration of seizures impacts morbidity and mortality to child’s life, control of seizures should be achieved as early as possible, preferably at home. Rectal diazepam and intranasal midazolam are available methods for control of seizures and can be learnt by parents.
Methods: We assessed safety and efficacy of intranasal midazolam for control of seizures and also compared its effect with other benzodiazepines given by intravenous route.
Results: Among 84 patients, success rate of treatment with Midazolam (intranasal) was 45.5% and success rate with Benzodiazepines (intravenous) was 90%. The difference is statistically significant. In present study, average time recorded to give drug after arrival at hospital in IN Midazolam group was 0.379 min, where as it was 1.598 min in IV Benzodiazepine group. Average time for cessation of seizures after giving drug was 3.001 min in IN Midazolam group, where as it was 1.009 min in IV Benzodiazepine group.
Conclusion: Intra-venous route for control of seizures is most effective compare to Inta-nasal Midazolam. However intranasal Midazolam can be use full when IV access is not available at home or during transport of patient to health care centre.

Key words: Intra nasal route, Midazolam, benzodiazepines, seizures

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