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Least Addictive Benzodiazepine
Take away? No: I don't believe you can absolutely remove the risk of abuse, addiction & habituation, some of which is genetically based. However, you can reduce the risk by using the lowest dose possible for the shortest amount of time necessary to achieve the goal. Most important, don't take it if you don't need it. Many times, ssris (class of antidepressants) can help mitigate need for benzodiazepine. ...Read more
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Help with unintentional benzodiazepine addiction? Can't find dr who knows anything about slow taper. The ashton manuel? Anyone?
See below: Your best bet is to contact the american society of addiction medicine for a specialist near you. Beware, most addiction specialists do not have a lot of experience with this. ...Read more
Benzodiazepines: Benzodiazepine is not the first line of treatment for just an anxiety. A thorough psychaitric evaluation is necessary to inform diagnosis and choice of treament. Past history of addiction to alcohol and other drugs except benzos, is not an exclusive criteria for the use of benzos for treating panic disorders. ...Read more
Does citalapram, cyclobenapeine, and clonzaepram have benzodiaepines in it? Is it addictive? I don't want anthing addictive in my body!
What's better for anxiety-induced insomnia (mind racing at night) - ssri's or benzodiazepines? Or other? Which class is addicting and least addicting?
Both can be used: Ssris are used for the long term management of anxiety and panic attacks and the benzodiazepines are used for immediate, short acting relief of insomnia, panic attacks and the general discomfort that anxiety creates. Ssris are not addictive. The benzodiazepines, xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, klonopin, valium and others, have potential for addiction. Used in combination with ssris and only as needed, are safe. ...Read more
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