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Are benzodiazepines safe

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Benzodiazepines: Used for short-term treatment of anxiety, muscle spasm, insomnia, agitation, sedation, they are safe, as long as closely monitored by your doctor.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
35 years experience Psychiatry
Not a good idea: Not sure why you would want to do this. Both are CNS depressants so would slow reaction time and be very sedating. Suboxone is used to detox from opia ... Read More
Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
No: Benzodiazepines and Suboxone should not be taken together. There are reports of death with this combination.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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They are all equal: In their side effects and safety, in equivalent doses, for the most part. Temazepam (restoril) is used as a sleeping pill, but is essentially identica ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
34 years experience Anesthesiology
Sedative combo: Great question. There are many instances where one could take these two together, safely. It should only be done under the care of a physician. Keep i ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Benzo taper: Don't recommend stopping your thyroid medication. I would talk to your doctor about a safe benzodiazapine taper.
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A male asked:
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
41 years experience Psychiatry
Probably: The opioids work through different neuronal circuits and receptors than the benzodiazepines. Depending on what you mean by allergic, it may be safe f ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
24 years experience Psychiatry
Klonopin (clonazepam): Clonazepam is the benzodiazepine I prescribe most often for anxiety disorders because of the low dose required and the reasonably long time that it wo ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Not benzo's.: Hello - long term use of benzodiazapines can lead to tolerance. Marijuana can cause marked psychiatric problems in some people including anxiety, psy ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
41 years experience Psychiatry
No: Cyclobenzaprine, also known as flexeril, (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is not a benzodiazepine. It is more closely related to the tricyclic antidepressants, ... Read More

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