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Use of Flumazenil in Benzodiazepine overdose
  1. J S Thomson,
  2. C Donald,
  3. K Lewin
  1. Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 MrJohn S Thomson
 SpR in Emergency Medicine, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen AB25 2ZN; john.thomson{at}

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The NICE guidelines1 for management of self harm state that the administration of Flumazenil should be considered in patients presenting with an overdose of benzodiazepines. They state that cautious use may reduce the need for admission to Intensive Care. The guidelines advocate its use in patients with impaired conscious level. They state that Flumazenil should not be used if the patient is benzodiazepine dependent (the guidelines, do not offer a definition …

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