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Is Suboxone A Benzodiazepine
How can I comfortably get off of oxycodone? Dose isn't high enough to warrant suboxone. Past benzodiazepine dependencey, so I won't use those either.
Not a good idea: Not sure why you would want to do this. Both are CNS depressants so would slow reaction time and be very sedating. Suboxone is used to detox from opiates and benzos are also addictive. If you have a problem with addiction it would not be advisable to take benzos. There are many alternatives for treatment of anxiety and depression. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
No: It can't.Get a more detailed answer ›
Unlikely: Benzo's are more likely to be associated with hallucinations, especially in overdoses or during drug withdrawal. Many report nightmares or vivid dreams while taking benzo's. Only one mention of benzo's used to treat auditory hallucinations in schizophrenic pt concluded effect resulted from muscle relaxing & anxiolytic effects. ...Read more
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
In a nutshell: Any dose of benzodiazepines beyond that prescribed, would be too big. Your doctor knows about your liver functioning, other medications or substances you're using, other illnesses you might have, etc -- and can recommend the best dose for your needs. ...Read more
Not take them??: Not sure what you mean by "allergy." true allergy - hives, itching, tongue and lips swelling, respiratory problems, wheezing etc. Are very unusual as a reaction to benzodiazepines. Other reactions - so-called "paradoxical" reactions are not allergies. They are just an exaggerated disinhibition that can result in people getting agitated after benzos, esp with alcohol. ...Read more
Addiction: Benzos are schedule II drugs because of their high rate of becoming habit forming and addictive. ...Read more
Blood level: 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 the effect suggesting overuse. ...Read more
Not recommended: Any medicine that is past it's expiry date, especially several years, will generally be less effective and may produce more side effects. Often the active ingredient will be degraded over time. I won't rely on expired medications to treat health conditions. ...Read more
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
Watch what you eat: As a corollary to Dr. Pappas's statement remember NOT to to put POPPYSEED dressing on a salad you may treat yourself to just before going in to do a drug screening test for your place of employment or local methadone clinic. Then, you have to convince people you're not on opiates! ...Read more
I need to find a dr that will help me and prescribe me a benzodiazepine. They are the only ones that help.
Benzodiazapines.: You did not share what condition (s) you are being treated for. If you have a psychiatric condition - consider working with a psychiatrist. However, there isn't a guarantee that the psychiatrist would determine you to have an indication for a Benzo. Take care. ...Read more
Any equivalent drug as effective as benzodiazepines when taken only as needed in an anxious state (1-2 times a week)?
Unfortunately: Benzodiazepines are the gold standard for prn anxiolytics. ...Read more
If someone has a paradoxical reaction to a benzodiazepine, is there usually some sort of underlying cause like a behavioral disorder?
No: Like any other paradoxical reaction, it can just happen. It is seen more commonly in children and individuals with developmental delays, like autism or mental retardation, but it can really happen to anyone. It is like drinking alcohol: you can have a happy calm experience or a bad, angry experience. It depends on the individual and the situation. ...Read more
If somebody has a paradoxical reaction to a benzodiazepine one time, does that mean that every subsequent time theyl have a reaction too? Or no?
Benzos: Yes, very possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
If I do not feel lorazepam is working well, what is a comparable benzodiazepine? I use them as sparingly as possible, but I do know I need them.
THERE ARE PLENTY:
Of alternatives for benzodiazepines, if indeed that is what is indicated in your particular case. These drugs are helpful but also dangerous if not dosed/used properly so please discuss these issues with your doctor as soon as you possibly can.
Hope you stay well. ...Read more
If you develop a tolerance to benzodiazepines, can the tolerance be undone by stopping so they become effective again? Blow long do you need to stop?
Probably: As a rule tolerance will decrease if one stops being exposed to a chemical. However, this is not always the case. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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