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So can you modify benzodiazepine dosages to take away addiction and habituation potential?

So can you modify benzodiazepine dosages to take away addiction and habituation potential?

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

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Addiction (Definition)

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Help with unintentional benzodiazepine addiction? Can't find dr who knows anything about slow taper. The ashton manuel? Anyone?

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

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Can I take benzodiazepines for anxiety if I have had addiction issues in the past?

Can I take benzodiazepines for anxiety if I have had addiction issues in the past?

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

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Does citalapram, cyclobenapeine, and clonzaepram have benzodiaepines in it? Is it addictive? I don't want anthing addictive in my body!

Does citalapram, cyclobenapeine, and clonzaepram have benzodiaepines in it? Is it addictive? I don't want anthing addictive in my body!

Clonazepam: Of these 3 only clonazepamof is a benzodiazepine. Addictive properties do exist and dependent on dose length of therapy and individuals addictive traits. Check with your physician. ...Read more

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What's better for anxiety-induced insomnia (mind racing at night) - ssri's or benzodiazepines? Or other? Which class is addicting and least addicting?

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

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Are benzodiazepines safe?

Benzodiazepines: Used for short-term treatment of anxiety, muscle spasm, insomnia, agitation, sedation, they are safe, as long as closely monitored by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is cyclobenzaprine a benzodiazepine?

No: Cyclobenzaprine, also known as flexeril, (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is not a benzodiazepine. It is more closely related to the tricyclic antidepressants, and is used for muscle spasms. ...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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Why was I given benzodiazepine for tmj?

Why was I given benzodiazepine for tmj?

Stress reduction: Often one of the causes of TMJ is stress. The benzodiazepine reduces your anxiety and stress and also helps you sleep better at night so that your joints can heal. ...Read more

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Can benzodiazepine treat hallucinations?

Can benzodiazepine treat hallucinations?

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

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How can I get prescribed benzodiazepines?

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

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How to not get tolerance on benzodiazepines?

Benzo dependence: Avoid regular daily use to avoid dependence. ...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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Any benzodiazepine withdraw wise docs on here?

Any benzodiazepine withdraw wise docs on here?

BZ withdrawal: Any doctor prescribing bz can work with you on gradual tapering of bz. ...Read more

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What would be too big a dose of benzodiazepines?

What would be too big a dose of benzodiazepines?

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

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What are symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawals?

Similar to alcohol: Anxiety, high pulse rate, high blood pressure, seizures, restlessness, and confusion are also possible. ...Read more

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In what way are benzodiazepines actually created?

In what way are benzodiazepines actually created?

Manufactured: Benzodiazepines are created by manufacturing them in labs. They do not come from any natural substance or plant. ...Read more

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Does Pex-2 from India contain 2 mg of benzodiazepine?

Xanax - alprazolam: It is a generic Xanax (alprazolam) - 2mg tablet, internet has lot of positive and negative comments regarding this ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best benzodiazepine for anxiety?

Can you tell me what is the best benzodiazepine for anxiety?

There isn't a: Specific best benzodiazapine for anxiety. Each person responds differently to different benzodizapines. The best one for you may be selected by factors like half life, side effect profile and which one you respond to the best. Take care. ...Read more

Benzodiazepine (Definition)

They are used for anxiety ...Read more