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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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Benzodiazepine Toxicity (Definition)

Refer to the harmful effects of excess exposure or possibly an allergic reaction to a benzodiazepine, a group of psychotropic drugs used as anti-anxiety agents, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and hypnotics. Symptoms may include dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, blurred vision, ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: benzodiazepine toxicity?

What is the definition or description of: benzodiazepine toxicity?

Benzo toxicity: Refer to the harmful effects of excess exposure or possibly an allergic reaction to a benzodiazepine, a group of psychotropic drugs used as anti-anxiety agents, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and hypnotics. Symptoms may include dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, blurred vision, unresponsiveness, anxiety and/or agitation. ...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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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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Please describe the next strongest benzodiazepine to xanax (alprazolam)?

Please describe the next strongest benzodiazepine to xanax (alprazolam)?

Depends on the dose: Benzodiazepines differ from each other in their half lifes, which is the time it takes for the body to eliminate half of the medication. Short acting forms are more addicting because they are eliminated faster and as they wear off the person feels it and wants the next dose. Longer acting forms, such as Klonopin (clonazepam) , have less of a tendency to do this. Change over needs to be done gradually. ...Read more

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Describe the problem of benzodiazepine abuse.?

Addictive disorder: Even when used properly, long-term benzodiazepine use will lead to tolerance such that higher doses will be necessary to achieve the same anti-anxiety effect. This situation should not be confused with benzodiazepine abuse, where one is taking extra amounts of benzodiazepines in order to achieve a "high" or euphoria. Xanax (alprazolam) is the benzodiazepine most often abused as it can produce a high. ...Read more

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What is (are) the mechanism(s) by which benzodiazepines reduce norepinephrine release?

What is (are) the mechanism(s) by which benzodiazepines reduce norepinephrine release?

Benzodiazepines: Benzodiazepines do not directly reduce norepinephrine release, but they do enhance the inhibitory gaba-a receptor function in the brain so that nerve cells downstream will be less active -- including norepinephrine-firing ones. The end effect is sedation, emotional calming, decreased muscle tone and coordination, decreased memory function, and a host of other changes. ...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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Can certain benzodiazepines treat pain?

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

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Do benzodiazepines have to be taken every day?

Only: Only if your dr indicated it. Otherwise is better to keep it as an as-needed med. ...Read more

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Toxicity (Definition)

Toxicity is the degree to which a drug or a substance can harm ...Read more


Benzodiazepine (Definition)

They are used for anxiety ...Read more