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Benzodiazepine (Overview)

They are used for anxiety and other mental conditions.


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I keep on getting panic attacks, and Xanax (alprazolam) doesn't really help. What other benzodiazepine should I try that might help me? Thank you, please help!

I keep on getting panic attacks, and Xanax (alprazolam) doesn't really help. What other benzodiazepine should I try that might help me? Thank you, please help!

Not a benzo: Better treatment for panic attacks would not be another benzodiazepine, but probably an ssri such as celexa, zoloft, or even prozac. Other antidepressants such as Effexor (venlafaxine) may prevent panic attacks also. Thought they can help when appropriately dosed, benzodiazepines are a temporary solution because tolerance may develop. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an important part of treatment also. ...Read more

Benzodiazepine (Overview)

They are used for anxiety and other mental conditions.


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What exactly is the problem with staying on benzodiazepines for life?

What exactly is the problem with staying on benzodiazepines for life?

Increased risks: There are risks of dependency including increased dysfunction with either relationships or work as well as the possibility of increased risk of depression that some describe. There is also a higher chance for respiratory suppression when combined with other medications or alcohol and this could lead to death if severe. ...Read more

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Describe the features of benzodiazepine toxicity.?

Describe the features of benzodiazepine toxicity.?

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. ...Read more

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Do psychiatrists prescribe benzodiazepines with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or just ADHD stimulant medications?

Do psychiatrists prescribe benzodiazepines with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or just ADHD stimulant medications?

Benzos and ADHD: This is not a usual combination. Benzodiazepines are antianxiety medications and may cause sedation countering the effect of adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine). If anxiety complicated your adhd or is contributed to by adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine), considering an alternative to Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) should be discussed with your prescriber. ...Read more

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How can I get prescribed benzodiazepines?

How can I get prescribed benzodiazepines?

Anxiety, generally: Benzodiazepines are a class of medications known as anxiolytics meaning anti-anxiety. Many who take benzos do so chronically for anxiety disorders that are long-standing. Others take benzos as needed to sleep or when anxiety suddenly becomes overwhelming. As for how to have this class of medication prescribed, I recommend an open conversation with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long can patient's safely use benzodiazepines without becoming dependant or without having withdrawal symptoms when they stop?

Depends: The risk of withdrawal is a function daily dose, duration of treatment, individual characteristics.

Low dose for less than two weeks is not likely to produce dependence or withdrawal. ...Read more

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What is safer for long term use and short term for all types of anxiety, benzodiazepines, paxil, zoloft, lexapro, buspar, (buspirone) or marijuana (used correctly)?

What is safer for long term use and short term for all types of anxiety, benzodiazepines, paxil, zoloft, lexapro, buspar, (buspirone) or marijuana (used correctly)?

Not benzo's.: Hello - long term use of benzodiazapines can lead to tolerance. Marijuana can cause marked psychiatric problems in some people including anxiety, psychosis & paranoia. Paxil can be used long -term but most of my patients have experienced more side effects with it then from Lexapro & zoloft. I see you are on Lexapro -it has an excellent side effect profile. Buspar (buspirone) is very safe for long-term use. ...Read more

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How long does Paxil (paroxetine) take to have a therapeutic effect? Why does it not work instantaneously, like benzodiazepines?

How long does Paxil (paroxetine) take to have a therapeutic effect? Why does it not work instantaneously, like benzodiazepines?

4-8 weeks: It takes about 4 to 8 weeks to see the full effects of a particular dose of paxil (paroxetine). This is because the immediate Paxil (paroxetine) effects of increasing serotonin levels in the areas that connect brain cells (synapses) are not correlated with changes in mood or anxiety; instead, receptor changes and nerve growth factors stimulated by weeks of elevated serotonin seem to be. ...Read more

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What benzodiazepine works better for social anxiety? I tell my doctor 1 mg a day of clinazapam don't work but he ignores it.

What benzodiazepine works better for social anxiety? I tell my doctor 1 mg a day of clinazapam don't work but he ignores it.

So it don't work?: Using benzodiazepines as first-line treatment for anything psychiatric is a bad idea, clinazapam as much as any of the others especially if 1 mg a day don't work. You got your chronic dependence, got your sedation, got your drug & alcohol interactions, got your impaired judgment, got your tolerance, got your liver issues...your doctor is ignoring "it" for a reason: "It's" a bad idea. ...Read more

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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

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Are benzodiazepines dangerous for recovering alcoholics?

Not really: Benzodiazepines when prescribed by a physician is in fact used to treat alcohol dependance. ...Read more

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Is it deadly to mix benzodiazapines and alcohol?

Is it deadly to mix benzodiazapines and alcohol?

Yes: As a pathologist, I've seen this. The benzodiazepines are quite safe and unlikely to kill alone even if abused, which unfortunately some people do. But add alcohol to the mix, and these people perish. I've found life too rich to want to live it with anything but a clear head, and confronting its inevitable difficulties -- and it's been rough -- without numbing myself. Peace and love. ...Read more

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When your take a benzodiazapine oxazepam, when do you get the side effect?

When your take a benzodiazapine oxazepam, when do you get the side effect?

Depends: Some people get side effects at low dosages because theyt are sensitive. Others need higher doses. It usually is trial and error to see which dose will cause dise effects in people and people have different sensitivities to different side effects like nausea vs sedation. ...Read more

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What can you do to simulate side effects of benzodiazepines?

See below: This is a strange question. However, taking barbiturates, drinking alcohol, or even taking Gabapentin could do it. ...Read more

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Name 4 common principles of CNS depressants. How do they differ from benzodiazepines I just want to know the 4 common principles of the central nervous system and how does it differ from benzo's

Don't understand: What you mean about "principles" of CNS depressants. I am not aware of any such classification. CNS depressants are a highly variable group of drugs, ranging from alcohol, barbiturates, barbiturate-like drugs (ghb, glutethimide, methaqualone and others), benzodiazepines but also antihistamines, anticholinergics, antipsychotics and others. All activate gaba, some chloride ion channels (more lethal). ...Read more

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How long do benzodiazepine withdrawals last? Tapered down off of klonopin and took Xanax (alprazolam) as needed after (usually. 5 mg every 3 days); its been rough

How long do benzodiazepine withdrawals last? Tapered down off of klonopin and took Xanax (alprazolam) as needed after (usually. 5 mg every 3 days); its been rough

May take a while...: There can be both physical as well as psychological dependence. If your life is harried and you have taken a lot of klonopin (clonazepam) for some time. It may take longer. The need for treatment may be evident and hope you have been seeing your doctor. Would get further advice on treatment from your doctor or psychiatrist.
Best wisehs ...Read more

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Benefit of cimetropium bromide in controlling ibs-c. Does it interact with perindopril, indapamide or bisoprolol. Can it be taken with benzodiazepines?

Benefit of cimetropium bromide in controlling ibs-c. Does it interact with perindopril, indapamide or bisoprolol. Can it be taken with benzodiazepines?

Multiple medications: Cimetropium bromide is an anticholinergic medication and smooth muscle relaxant, used to decrease bowel spasms, pain and abdominal distention in ibs. It's not available in the us., but your note says you're from india. I didn't find interactions with your other BP meds. You don't say which benzo, but i'd be watching for possible sedation or dizziness. Ask your prescribing doctor specifically. ...Read more

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What is the safest benzodiazepine?

What is the safest benzodiazepine?

Risky class: Benzodiazepines produce relaxation, sedation, and at times euphoria. Their risk is accentuated by addition of other drugs. Benzo's don't play well with others!
the combination of narcotics (opioids) and benzo. Is the leading cause of death in florida.
The short acting benzo's produce a quicker, stronger effect, and are more dangerous (xanax). Lorazepam is also risky. Valium in low doses safer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best benzodiazepine?

There is no "best": Benzodiazepines all work on the same receptors, and pretty much do the same thing. Some are short-acting, others intermediate, others long-acting. Some are rapidly absorbed, others slowly. Some hit the brain very fast, others much more slowly. If you want something for temporary anxiety, a rapidly-absorbed short acting drug (like xanax (alprazolam) or ativan) may be best, for gad, Clonazepam or librium. ...Read more

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Should people only take one benzodiazepine at a time? Not two types

Should people only take one benzodiazepine at a time? Not two types

Yes, only one: Yes, it's best to take only 1 benzodiazepine at a time. Much simpler to keep track of, that way. ...Read more

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Can you take passion flower if you're currently taking a benzodiazepine?

Yes: They may be taken together. There are no drug interactions listed on www. Drugs. Com, but you must realize that both of these can cause sedation and that the sedation can be combined. ...Read more

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Help can benzodiazepine tolerance quickly return to previous heights when starting up again?

Help can benzodiazepine tolerance quickly return to previous heights when starting up again?

Yes: And this is true, for the same reasons (the same receptor systems are involved) with alcohol. It also occurs with opioids, which involve a different receptor system. The nervous system seems to retain a "memory" of prior use and tolerance, just as the immune system remembers exposures to allergens. The tolerance doesn't re-emerge with the first or second use, but within a few days, it does. ...Read more

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In what way are benzodiazepines actually created?

Manufactured: Benzodiazepines are created by manufacturing them in labs. They do not come from any natural substance or plant. ...Read more

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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

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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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Can certain benzodiazepines treat pain?

Not directly: They can cut anxiety & relax muscles which may help indirectly. ...Read more

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Why was I given benzodiazepine for tmj?

Why was I given benzodiazepine for tmj?

Stress reduction: Often one of the causes of TMJ is stress. The benzodiazepine reduces your anxiety and stress and also helps you sleep better at night so that your joints can heal. ...Read more