The nurse is caring for a patient who is in status epilepticus. What medication does the nurse know may be given to halt the seizure immediately?

Answer Explanation: Medical management of status epilepticus includes IV diazepam (Valium) and IV lorazepam (Ativan) given slowly in an attempt to halt seizures immediately. Other medications (phenytoin, phenobarbital) are given later to maintain a seizure-free state. Oral medications are not given during status epilepticus.

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