Diazepam in the Treatment of Childhood Epilepsy

Martin Geller, Nicholas Christoff

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Thirty-eight epileptic children with a variety of seizure types were treated with diazepam (Valium) orally. The median duration of treatment was two years. Dosages ranged from 3 to 60 mg/day depending upon patient tolerance and seizure response, although the usual effective dose was 15 mg/day. Seizure suppression was good to excellent in 29 children. The best results were seen in those with petit mal and other minor seizures. Side effects were few and usually limited to drowsiness. Diazepam is a very safe and effective long-term anticonvulsant in some seizure disorders of childhood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2087-2090
Number of pages4
JournalJAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number13
StatePublished - 29 Mar 1971


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