Autoinjectors offer way to treat prolonged seizures – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A recent NIH study has compared the drug midazolam with the standard of care, which has been lorazapam, for treating prolonged seizures. Dr. Walter Koroshetz at the NIH explains midazolam is given directly into a muscle.
Koroshetz: This study shows that using an autoinjector that just injects right into the muscle is as effective as the previous standard which was starting the IV and giving the meds.
Narrator: More research is required to see if autoinjectors might someday be available for use by patients with epilepsy, a brain disorder that causes people to have recurring seizures. For more information on the study, visit www.ninds.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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