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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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Why are benzodiazepines no longer listed as schedule IV drugs?

Addiction: Benzos are schedule II drugs because of their high rate of becoming habit forming and addictive. ...Read more

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How are drugs categorized as antidepressants or benzodiazepines different?

How are drugs categorized as antidepressants or benzodiazepines different?

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. ...Read more

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Is it a really high chance a positive test for amphedimine and a week later benzodiazepine be false positives?

Low chance: So there was a positive test for amphetamines, and then a week later for benzodiazepines. You wonder about the chances that both could be false positives. The chances would be quite small. ...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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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 ?

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

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Benzodiazepine (Definition)

They are used for anxiety ...Read more