Which medications in the drug class Antianxiety Agents are used in the treatment of Abdominal Hernias?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Assar A Rather, MBBS, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Antianxiety Agents

These agents are indicated for patients who may experience significant anxiety before a surgery.

Lorazepam (Ativan)

Lorazepam is a sedative-hypnotic of the benzodiazepine class that has a rapid onset of effect and a relatively long half-life. By increasing the action of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a major inhibitory neurotransmitter, it may depress all levels of the central nervous system (CNS), including the limbic system and reticular formations. Lorazepam is excellent for patients who need to be sedated for longer than 24 hours.


Midazolam is a sedative-hypnotic of the benzodiazepine class that provides initial sedation as well as amnesia.

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