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is desipramine a benzodiazepine?

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No: It is a tricyclic antidepressant that works on norepinephrine

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of benzodiazepine toxicity.?

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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
Sedation / coma: Benzodiazepines are a class of medication which can help with anxiety and sleep disorders. Well known drugs include valium, ativan, and klonopin (clonazepam). Too much benzodiazepine typically causes sedation ranging from drowsiness to coma. Combining benzodiazepines with other drugs, especially in excess (such as alcohol) is exceedingly dangerous.
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Can you die from benzodiazepine abuse?

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Psychiatry 49 years experience
It can: Benzodiazepines, especially with alcohol can be fatal.
A 47-year-old member asked:

So can you modify benzodiazepine dosages to take away addiction and habituation potential?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Take away? No: I don't believe you can absolutely remove the risk of abuse, addiction & habituation, some of which is genetically based. However, you can reduce the risk by using the lowest dose possible for the shortest amount of time necessary to achieve the goal. Most important, don't take it if you don't need it. Many times, ssris (class of antidepressants) can help mitigate need for benzodiazepine.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How to not get tolerance on benzodiazepines?

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Benzo dependence: Avoid regular daily use to avoid dependence.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How are drugs categorized as antidepressants or benzodiazepines different?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Very different: Benzodiazepines bzd develop tolerance and can be addictive. Antidepressants ad are not. All bzd effect GABA and are different only in half life and onset of action are used for anxiety or insomnia short term. Ad can help anxiety or insomnia as well as depression on a longer term basis by several different mechnisms effecting serotonin, norepinephrine, and/or Dopamine in various ways.

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