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Family of sedative medications including Diazepam (Valium), Clonazepam (Rivotril), Clobazam (Frisium), Midazolam (Hypnovel) and Lorazepam (Ativan) which can be used as anticonvulsants. Some are used often in acute situations such as prolonged seizures or clusters of seizures (status epilepticus). The sedative effect and increased brain tolerance levels limit their usefulness in long term therapy.