Onfi Uses

How Does This Medicine Work?

Onfi belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines have various effects on the body, such as:
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Causing sleepiness
  • Relaxing muscles
  • Stopping seizures
  • Impairing short-term memory.
All benzodiazepines can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific benzodiazepine that is being taken. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why Onfi and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).

Is It Safe for Children and Teens to Use Onfi?

This medication is approved for use in children as young as two years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this medicine in children.

Off-Label Uses for Onfi

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this drug for something other than the treatment of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome seizures. This is known as an "off-label" use. Based on the uses of other benzodiazepines (and on the uses of Onfi in other countries), possible off-label uses for this medication might include the treatment of the following conditions:
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Onfi Medication Information

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