Benzodiazepines: respiratory effects
Benzodiazipines decrease the respiratory response to C02.
This effect use usually insignificant when benzodiazepines are administered alone, but can be profound when they are co-administered with barbituates or narcotics.
Always monitor ventilation in patients that have received benzodiazepines.
Always have resuscitation equipment available when patients have received benzodiazepines.