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Do Benzodiazepines Cause Depression
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
Yes: Lorazepam is an anti-anxiety drug that is in the valium (diazepam) family. It is short acting (about six hours, and when taken regularly for prolonged periods will lead to dependency, which means sudden cessation will lead to serious withdrawal sx, similar to alcohol withdrawal. Both alcohol and diazepams can lead to depression. You must see the prescriber, often ur gp, every 1-3 mos to monitor. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can ssri meds for anxiety depression cause cardiac problems? If do which 1s can. Prozac. Celexa. Xanax (alprazolam).
Prologed QT: Can be caused by either Prozac (fluoxetine) or celexa. Both of these meds have been used exstensively for >10yrs. It has only recently come to light that some persons can devreloped prolonged qt on their ekg which can predispose them to life threatening arrythmias. Celexa has gotten a black box warning. Xanax/benzodiazipine withdrawl can cause tachy arrythmias and other life threatening issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: While most people stop their medications without problems or side effects, sometimes withdrawal effects can occur if the medication is stopped too abruptly. Anxiety is one of the possible symptoms you could develop if you have a withdrawal syndrome. The best way to avoid this is to work with your physician and taper the medication over time ...Read more
Not causal: People who are depressed will often experience an increase in anxiety due to their depression. They are related, but i would not say that anxiety, per se, causes depression. Increased stress in your life could, however, lead to both depression and anxiety. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Zoloft (sertraline) & panic?: Zoloft (sertraline) an SSRI is effectively rx'ed 2 treat panic attacks (acute anxiety marked by physical sxs like palpitations, sweating, dizziness, difficulty breathing, tingling, numbness, & others). Sometimes, if the med has just been started, the pt may have incr anxiety Xs abt 1 wk. Then the med should begin to work to prevent panic. C ur doc if ur symptoms are worsening instead of improving. ...Read more
How do you treat persistent severe akathisia like symptoms from Lithium toxicity and withdrawal when benzos and propanolol cause breathing issues?
More info is needed: Are you in a hospital setting?how bad of a lithium intoxication? . A low dose lorazepam 0,5mg po q4-6 hours should help. Not sure what breathing problems u refer to, but you'll be monitored .If you are at home and can't take benzos, try a calming, long bath with calming salts, and lavanda oil. Followed by a long walk. ...Read more
Not the best choice: While ativan is effective in reducting feelings of anxiety, it is also both short actiing and habit forming. This makes it the sort of medicine that you may develop a tolerance to, and it is also a medication that you need to wean off of. Benzos are never the best choice. Talk to your doc about soemthing like Buspar (buspirone) or another antidepressant. They do not carry these risks. ...Read more
If you have broken sleep can you feel chronic dizzy/balance? Does Paxil (paroxetine) or wellbutrin help insomnia anxiety depression?
Anxiety/ depression: Paxil (paroxetine) (SSRI) may help with anxiety/ depression and as a result may also improve insomnia. Wellbutrin is not used for insomnia. It is used to treat atypical depression. Although it is not FDA approved for anxiety - recently it is is coming to light that it may help to reduce some anxious sxs. ...Read more
Yes: Marijuana use temporarily relieves depression/anxiety and withdrawal exacerbates this. Withdrawal can take weeks to resolve. Several years ago, a study comparing daily users to a normal population found a lower incidence of depression in marijuana users suggesting a treatment of depression by marijuana. However, too many side effects and varying serum levels make it a poor choice for rx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They don't: Benzodiazepines increase the activity and potentcy of gaba receptors, which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Increasing the activity of gaba decreases anxiety and is sedating to lesser or greater degrees, which is why benzodiazepines are used for insomnia, panic attacks, and anxiety. ...Read more
Possible: Valerian affects the GABA receptor system in the brain which can help with anxiety and insomnia. Large doses or long term use can cause a feeling of mental dullness or mild depression. Xanax (alprazolam) has the same effect on the body. Since they are both central nervous system depressants, they should not be used together. ...Read more
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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