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Stopping Drugs Abruptly


  • The answer depends on the situation – factors such as frequency, nature of seizures, and the reason for ceasing the drug (e.g. rash), must all be weighed up.
  • In a situation where oral therapy is reasonable, a benzodiazepine such as clobazam is an option as an immediate replacement drug. This drug acts quickly, is easy to use and has a low incidence of rash.










This page was created in March 2012. It was last reviewed in December 2017.