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How do benzos like ativan (lorazepam) affect dopamine and other neurotransmitters?

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Dr. Adam Tripp
Psychiatry 15 years experience
They don't: Benzodiazepines increase the activity and potentcy of GABA receptors, which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Increasing the activity of GABA decreases anxiety and is sedating to lesser or greater degrees, which is why benzodiazepines are used for insomnia, panic attacks, and anxiety.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2017

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