Benzodiazepines and Electroconvulsive Therapy.

  title={Benzodiazepines and Electroconvulsive Therapy.},
  author={Robert M Greenberg and Helen M. Pettinati},
  journal={Convulsive therapy},
  volume={9 4},
Benzodiazepines (BZD) possess anticonvulsant properties that may potentially elevate seizure threshold, inhibit seizure propagation, and alter some of the neurobehavioral effects of electroconvulsive shock (ECS) in animal models. Nevertheless, considerable controversy exists regarding the clinical impact of oral BZD use during electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The existing literature is contradictory, and all studies attempting to address this topic suffer from important design flaws. Most… CONTINUE READING