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Are benzodiazepines safe?

Are benzodiazepines safe?

Benzodiazepines: Used for short-term treatment of anxiety, muscle spasm, insomnia, agitation, sedation, they are safe, as long as closely monitored by your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Benzodiazepines Level (Definition)

Testing blood levels of benzodiazepines is not a routine or common clinical test. It is done by simply taking a blood sample and testing it in the lab. It is most commonly done in research studies. An example of clinical use would be when there is a discrepancy between the prescribed dosage and ...Read more


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Is cyclobenzaprine a benzodiazepine?

Is cyclobenzaprine a benzodiazepine?

No: Cyclobenzaprine, also known as flexeril, (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is not a benzodiazepine. It is more closely related to the tricyclic antidepressants, and is used for muscle spasms. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawals?

Similar to alcohol: Anxiety, high pulse rate, high blood pressure, seizures, restlessness, and confusion are also possible. ...Read more

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Is clozapine a benzodiazepine?

No: Clozapine is considered a 2nd generation antipsychotic medication, typically used in schizophrenia, that antagonizes quite a few neurotransmitter receptors, eg Dopamine d1 & d4 plus serotonin 5ht2 & cholinergic muscarinic ones, too. It's a very effective drug when used under close observation but can only be prescribed under restricted distribution due high risk for agranulocytosis, etc. ...Read more

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Which benzodiazepines are hypnotic?

Sleep: Hypnotic in medicine means a medication helps with sleep. Ambien (zolpidem) is an example of a hypnotic Benzodiazepine. Halcion is another. ...Read more

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What causes benzodiazepines to be toxic?

Don't know what you: Mean by "toxic, " because actually, benzodiazepines have very little "toxicity" as we define it. Many drugs can cause stomach and intestinal inflammation, liver damage, heart damage, fluid retention, reduce the immune system, cause severe rashes - benzodiazepines have essentially none of these (allergy is always possible). They cause physical dependency and can cause addiction, and memory problems ...Read more

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Is benzodiazepine abuse curable?

Benzodiazepine treat: It is well established that addictions are associated with other conditions such as mood and anxiety disorder. In an well done study in arch gen psychiatry. 2008;65 (1):47-52 they found in comparison with major depression, bipolar ii disorder was associated with the development of alcohol and benzodiazepine use and disorders. If you treat correctly the mood disorder you improve treating addict. ...Read more

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Benzodiazepine overdose --call 911?

Benzodiazepine overdose --call 911?

OD is over dose: If any medication, is taken as instructed by the physician is safe and not called as od. Substance abusers, get addicted and take several times the therapeutic dose reaching lethal levels of medication then called od, if it happens yes call 911 and stay till ambulance arrives and may need CPR ...Read more

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Is insomnia helped by benzodiazepines?

Is insomnia helped by benzodiazepines?

Yes and No: For a short term managment of insomnia it helps. But for a chronic insomnia it is not as great helpful but cognitive behavioral therapy, sleep restriction and sleep hygine and its combination is found to be helpful the most. Intermittently it may be used but for a long term managment. It is a non-pharmacological managment found to be most helpful. See sleep medicine, neurologist, or behavior hea. ...Read more

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Is Zoloft (sertraline) a benzodiazepine?

Is Zoloft (sertraline) a benzodiazepine?

No, it isn't: Sertraline (Zoloft/ Lustral) is one of the Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants. It works primarily by increasing serotonin. Benzodiazapines on the other hand, enhance effect of gama-aminobutyric acid (GABA). ...Read more

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How safe is temazepam vs other benzodiazepines?

How safe is temazepam vs other benzodiazepines?

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 identical to Oxazepam (serax). It is relatively short-acting, takes a couple of hours to peak, and is gone within 6 hours. It does not accumulate in people with liver problems. Too much can cause problems, and regular use can cause dependence, like all benzos. ...Read more

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Does benzodiazepine use cause sudden cardiac death?

Does benzodiazepine use cause sudden cardiac death?

Respiratory failure: Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants ('downers') so when mixed with alcohol or taken in excess they cause respiratory failure (stop breathing). Several famous people may have died this way: marilyn monroe, elvis and even heath ledger had 3 benzodiazepines in his system. However, respiratory failure leads to cardiac failure. ...Read more

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Benzodiazepines for 6 years. Does it cause memory problems?

Benzodiazepines for 6 years. Does it cause memory problems?

Depends: If taken in precribed amounts by a physician this would be unlikely but if it is anused certainly it may affect, awareness concentration and eventual memory loss. ...Read more

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Does benzodiazepines like klonopine ever make you feel tired?

Does benzodiazepines like klonopine ever make you feel tired?

Yes, absolutely: Klonopin (clonazepam) and its other benzodiazepine relatives all can be fatiguing and sedating, along with their anti-anxiety properties. Results depend on dosage and timing when taking them. Klonopin (clonazepam) is also more potent and longer acting than certain others -- meaning it stays in your system longer. That can make you feel tired also. If using alcohol or other sedating meds, effect will be worse. ...Read more

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What is the therapy of acatisia? Are usefull benzodiazepines?

Severe restlessness: This disorder, if caused as a side effect of antipsychotic medications, is treated with benzodiazepines. In other instances beta blocker medications are helpful. A psychiatrist is best suited to diagnose and treat this disorder. ...Read more

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What is the difference between barbiturates v benzodiazepines?

Both are: Sedative hypnotic's and both enhance the activity of inhibitory neurotransmitters in the cns. Both exert action at the GABA receptor complex. Barbiturates also block excitatory neurotransmitter. While the chemical structures are different, the most significant differences are the wider therapeutic window, lower drug tolerance and lower propensity for abuse with the benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between barbiturates and benzodiazepines?

Yes, very different: Barbiturates are sedatives with a low "therapeutic index", meaning that a toxic dose isn't much higher than an effective dose. Benzodiazepines are tranquilizers (some sedating, some not) with a higher therapeutic index, i.e., safer. Chemically they are completely different. However, both can be addictive, with tolerance developing with repeated doses. ...Read more

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What is the difference between benzodiazepines and barbiturates?

What is the difference between benzodiazepines and barbiturates?

Similar effect: Both are calming agents. However, they have a different mechanism of action. The side effects of barbiturates are more dangerous than those of benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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Benzodiazepines and opiates combo? Is that safe to take together?

Benzodiazepines and opiates combo? Is that safe to take together?

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 in mind that these two types of medications are additive. That is, although opioids are intended for pain, they also sedate. In someone that has rarely taken these medicines, the two together may cause dangerous over sedation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can overdosing on benzodiazepines cause withdrawal symptoms afterward?

Can overdosing on benzodiazepines cause withdrawal symptoms afterward?

Unlikely: If is truly an overdose, then withrawal symptoms are unlikely. However, if you take the benzodiazepine regularly. There will be a withdrawal syndrome. ...Read more

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Have any benzodiazepines been associated with steven Johnson syndrome at all?

Very rare - BUT: Apparently yes. However, I don't know if the benzodiazapine was casuative. See: https://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612312/ ...Read more

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How long do I need to be taking benzodiazepines to cure my social anxiety for?

How long do I need to be taking benzodiazepines to cure my social anxiety for?

Benzos aren't a cure: I agree with dr. Ali. Benzodiazapines numb you to your anxiety but they don't address the underlying cause. They can also be very addicting. A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor would be a class of medication that could help with the underlying neurochemical problems but psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy would actually start to give you control. Look into deep breathing ex ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the toxicity of alcohol compare to that of benzodiazepines?

Can you tell me how the toxicity of alcohol compare to that of benzodiazepines?

Alcohol more toxic: Benzodiazepines in high doses will cause sedation and prolonged sleep in otherwise healthy people, but increasing doses of alcohol will cause alcohol poisoning, which is associated with respiratory depression, coma and death. This may occur with benzos in the elderly or people with severe lung disease, or when combined with alcohol. Alcohol damages every organ system in the body, benzos do not. ...Read more

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Can benzodiazepines be in the same class of drugs perhaps be as addicting as opiates?

Can benzodiazepines be in the same class of drugs perhaps be as addicting as opiates?

Addiction: Benzodiazepines and opiates are different types of drugs, and act by different mechanisms on the body. But they are both habituating. Susceptible people may also use both in an addictive way: using more than intended, developing tolerance, and continuing to use despite adverse effects on relationships, work, and health. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some anxiolytic drugs you can suggest in alternative to benzodiazepines?

Can you tell me some anxiolytic drugs you can suggest in alternative to benzodiazepines?

A couple: Buspirone; vistaril; ssri's like paroxetine, sertraline, escitalopram; mirtazepine; trazodone, etc. Psychotherapy can be very effective. So can homeopathy; also certain herbs like lemon balm, kava, and theanine (a component of green tea). ...Read more

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Is it inevitable to get rebound anxiety while tapering off benzodiazepines, even slowly?

Is it inevitable to get rebound anxiety while tapering off benzodiazepines, even slowly?

It depends: Rebound anxiety is not inevitable, although there are many individuals who do experience it. A lot depends on the rate of tapering, the dosage before tapering, how long someone has been taking the medication and the severity of their anxiety. At times it is also unclear how much rebound is due to the med vs situational. I recommend expecting mild to moderate short-term symptoms with a plan to cope. ...Read more

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Can eugeroic drugs and benzodiazepines be taken within the same 24-48 hour period safely?

Yes, but: Be careful because the eugeroic (wakefulness promoting drugs) can increase diazepam levels to some degree, so you will have to probably decrease your valium dose under the supervision of your sleep doctor or psychiatrist, until you find the dose that you tolerate without it making you excessively sedated. Be careful driving and operating machinery. ...Read more

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I have a serious question about drug overdose. Can you od on prescription benzodiazepine?

OD is over dose: If any medication, is taken as instructed by the physician is safe and not called as od. Substance abusers, get addicted and take several times the therapeutic dose reaching lethal levels of medication then called od, . ...Read more

Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more


Benzodiazepine (Definition)

They are used for anxiety ...Read more