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February 1973

A Psychophysiological Study of Nightmares and Night TerrorsThe Suppression of Stage 4 Night Terrors With Diazepam

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Institute of Psychiatry, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;28(2):252-259. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.01750320082013

Diazepam, 5 to 20 mg, before bedtime, was administered to six subjects in nine experiments for periods from 26 to 98 days, with reduction in night terror incidence from a mean of 1.97 (range .5 to 4.0) to .48 per night (significant at p < .05). Night terrors were reduced by an average of 80.5% (range 33% to 100%) in eight instances where frequency was reduced.