A useful hypnotic, particularly for elderly patients, because of its freedom from hangover eﬀect. It is especially beneﬁcial in the acute withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism and is used to treat STATUS EPILEPTICUS. The drug’s sedative eﬀects are an adjunct to regional anaesthesia and may also be of help in ECLAMPSIA. Dependence may occur occasionally and therefore the length of period for which the drug is used should be limited. Side-eﬀects include sneezing, conjunctival irritation and occasional headache.
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