Effect of Diazepam on cognitive functions newly diagnosed epileptic patients

Author : Salla Surya Prakasa Rao, Sweta Ramani, Manem Raveena, Manem Nikitha

The current study was undertaken to observe effect of diazepam use on cognitive functions in newly diagnosed epileptic patients. 10 Patients with newly diagnosed epilepsy and 30 healthy, age matched controls, including both males and females, were included in the study. Cognitive functions were analyzed by spatial and verbal memory test and Mini Mental state Examination (MMSE). Our study we have not observed significant decline in memory after using diazepam. We recommend further detailed studies in this area including assessment of biomarkers to understand effects of diazepam on cognitive functions to recommend this drug for benefit of epileptic patients.

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