This is a commentary on a Cochrane review, published in this issue of EBCH, first published as: Prabhakar H, Bindra A, Singh GP, Kalaivani M. Propofol versus thiopental sodium for the treatment of refractory status epilepticus. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD009202. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009202.pub2.