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Doctor insights on: Librium Long Acting Benzodiazepine

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What's your opinion on taking a long acting benzodiazepine bid, in combination with a very short acting one (Xanax, Ativan) prn? I've been on Xanax 2m

What's your opinion on taking a long acting benzodiazepine bid, in combination with a very short acting one (Xanax, Ativan) prn? I've been on Xanax 2m

Not a good idea: The benzodiazepines such as Xanax or Ativan are addicting. I suggest you speak with your prescriber about alternatives such as behavioral therapy, alternative anxiety meds and serotonergic meds. ...Read more

Dr. Lance Longo
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Chlordiazepoxide (Definition)

Chlordiazepoxide is a long-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more


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Which benzodiazepine drug is be most effective as a sleeping tablet, chlordiazepoxide or diazepam?

Which benzodiazepine drug is be most effective as a sleeping tablet, chlordiazepoxide or diazepam?

Neither is/are safe: Chlordiazepoxide (librium) has a half-life of 5-30hrs w/active metabolites staying in your system 3-200hrs! Diazepam (valium) has a half-life of 30-60hrs w/active metabolites staying in your system 30-100hrs. Neither are indicated (approved) for use in insomnia. All benzo & other non-benzo sedative-hypnotics are associated w/increase risk of injuries & even mortality. Http://bit. Ly/kbqlwd. ...Read more

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Hello, I take valium 5mg, 3x a day as prescribed. I am searching for possibly a new benzodiazipine, what's your opinion on an equal dosing of librium?

Hello, I take valium 5mg, 3x a day as prescribed. I am searching for possibly a new benzodiazipine, what's your opinion on an equal dosing of librium?

10x3: You would take 10mg of librium 3x per day.
I would advise of course to check with your doctor first and make sure to understand that long term use of benzo's are generally not recommended except for very rare situations due to side effects. ...Read more

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How long can one be on benzodiazepines hypothetically when starting on a low dose (e.G Xanax (alprazolam) 0.25 mg) until tolerance induction?

How long can one be on benzodiazepines hypothetically when starting on a low dose (e.G Xanax (alprazolam) 0.25 mg) until tolerance induction?

No time limit: Tolerance can develop quickly with medications like xanax (alprazolam) and is the main reason fot them to get abused. It is advisable to be under a physician's care to ensure the medication is treating the symptoms for which it is prescribed. ...Read more

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Why are benzodiazepines no longer listed as schedule IV drugs?

Addiction: Benzos are schedule II drugs because of their high rate of becoming habit forming and addictive. ...Read more

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How long can patient's safely use benzodiazepines without becoming dependant or without having withdrawal symptoms when they stop?

Depends: The risk of withdrawal is a function daily dose, duration of treatment, individual characteristics.

Low dose for less than two weeks is not likely to produce dependence or withdrawal. ...Read more

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How long does librium stay in ur system after a librium taper of six days last dose was Thursday and it was 25mg when is it safe to consume alcohol?

How long does librium stay in ur system after a librium taper of six days last dose was Thursday and it was 25mg when is it safe to consume alcohol?

No drinking: The right thing to do will be to stop drinking, seek help and support. Join the AA, try and find the will to beat this addiction. You can do it. Librium is given to stop withdrawal symptoms for alcohol, you should seek more help from your physician or a rehab center. ...Read more

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How long do I need to be taking benzodiazepines to cure my social anxiety for?

How long do I need to be taking benzodiazepines to cure my social anxiety for?

Benzos aren't a cure: I agree with dr. Ali. Benzodiazapines numb you to your anxiety but they don't address the underlying cause. They can also be very addicting. A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor would be a class of medication that could help with the underlying neurochemical problems but psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy would actually start to give you control. Look into deep breathing ex ...Read more

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How long does Paxil (paroxetine) take to have a therapeutic effect? Why does it not work instantaneously, like benzodiazepines?

How long does Paxil (paroxetine) take to have a therapeutic effect? Why does it not work instantaneously, like benzodiazepines?

4-8 weeks: It takes about 4 to 8 weeks to see the full effects of a particular dose of paxil (paroxetine). This is because the immediate Paxil (paroxetine) effects of increasing serotonin levels in the areas that connect brain cells (synapses) are not correlated with changes in mood or anxiety; instead, receptor changes and nerve growth factors stimulated by weeks of elevated serotonin seem to be. ...Read more

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On 15mg of Valium a day. I want off benzos. Would Librium or Clorazepate be better to withdrawal from? Valium has a long half life, but not duration.

On 15mg of Valium a day. I want off benzos. Would Librium or Clorazepate be better to withdrawal from? Valium has a long half life, but not duration.

Clorazepate: Is usually better and easier to withdraw from it has a slightly shorter half life. An addictionologist would be able to help you. ...Read more

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How long do benzodiazepine withdrawals last? Tapered down off of klonopin and took Xanax (alprazolam) as needed after (usually. 5 mg every 3 days); its been rough

May take a while...: There can be both physical as well as psychological dependence. If your life is harried and you have taken a lot of klonopin (clonazepam) for some time. It may take longer. The need for treatment may be evident and hope you have been seeing your doctor. Would get further advice on treatment from your doctor or psychiatrist.
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How long does librium remain in your body?

How long does librium remain in your body?

Depending on: How much you took and for how long before the test. Blood Test 10-50 hrs. Librium has a long elimination life, allowing the drug to stay in the body even couple weeks. ...Read more

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What can help my Anxiety disorder now that my Librium no longer helps?

What can help my Anxiety disorder now that my Librium no longer helps?

ANXIETY TX: ANXIETY TX: I recommend the Anxiety & Phobia Workbook. This goes over all strategies, diets, supplements and Meds. The two alternative therapies I have had success with are EFT (EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE) and EMDR (EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITSENSITESISATISATION AND REPROCESSING) ...Read more

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I'm tapering off rivotril slowly. When I'm clean, how long will it take before my benzodiazepine tolerance gets back to or close to zero?

Unpredictable: There are many factors that will determine when your tolerance will return. It should take several weeks tapering off of medication. Age, length of treatment, metabolism can all factor in to the answer. ...Read more

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My dr placed me on librium for 10 days for alcohol withdrawal. How long do withdrawal symptoms last? Will I be ok after the 10 days I hope?

My dr placed me on librium for 10 days for alcohol withdrawal. How long do withdrawal symptoms last? Will I be ok after the 10 days I hope?

Yes: Alcohol withdrawal can often last up to 7 days after the last drink. So, after 10 days you should be ok. Note though that this is if you 100% abstain from any alcohol at all, even a sip. Also, taking alcohol and a benzodiazepene like Librium is extremely dangerous as it significantly raises your risk of seizure. Good luck on kicking the habit. ...Read more

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I'm currently prescribed librium for G.A.D. and S.A.D., but I'd like to ask my doctor for a replacement that acts faster and longer. Would xanax (alprazolam) work?

Not right approach: As it can be highly addicting, it's not a good med to ask for specifically.Xanax (alprazolam) is short acting, &not good for SAD. If treatment is not working adequately, it is important to be frank with the physician treating you; additional treatment such as therapy, and/or med change may be needed. For combined anxiety (GAD) and depression (SAD) disorders, SSRI medications (eg fluoxetine) may be more effective ...Read more

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What is safer for long term use and short term for all types of anxiety, benzodiazepines, paxil, zoloft, lexapro, buspar, (buspirone) or marijuana (used correctly)?

What is safer for long term use and short term for all types of anxiety, benzodiazepines, paxil, zoloft, lexapro, buspar, (buspirone) or marijuana (used correctly)?

Not benzo's.: Hello - long term use of benzodiazapines can lead to tolerance. Marijuana can cause marked psychiatric problems in some people including anxiety, psychosis & paranoia. Paxil can be used long -term but most of my patients have experienced more side effects with it then from Lexapro & zoloft. I see you are on Lexapro -it has an excellent side effect profile. Buspar (buspirone) is very safe for long-term use. ...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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How many librium would it take to really overdose?

How many librium would it take to really overdose?

Cant say: Depends on how much sedatives you are currently using. ...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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Can librium and lorazepam be taken together?

Can librium and lorazepam be taken together?

Not a good idea: I'm not sure why you would. Both are in the same classification of meds, namely benzodiazepines. Both are central nerve system depressants and similarly in the brain. The risk of overdosing or causing respiratory depression is high. ...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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Is 10 mg librium as effective as 10 mg valium?

Is 10 mg librium as effective as 10 mg valium?

May be subjective: You may find that 10mg Librium is not as effective as 10mg of valium since they are not equivalent. However, such medications are prescribed based on symptom relief which is subjective so it may be enough in some people. Talk to a psychiatrist to get an answer tailored to your specific situation. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of the drug librium?

What are the side effects of the drug librium?

See below: Like any sedative, it can cause sedation, tolerance, and a loss of inhibitory control. However, its long half-life makes it a good drug to use to wean from other sedatives. ...Read more

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What do I do if I keep testing positive for benzodiazepines?

Stop Taking/Testing: The way to stop testing positive for beenzodiazepines is either to stop taking them altogether or to to stop taking the drug test. Most benzos have detection periods of days to weeks in the blood or urine. ...Read more

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Why do I keep testing positive for benzodiazepines if I'm not taking them?

False positive BZ?: Some reported with few Antibiotics, Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs, Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Zoloft. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Librium (Definition)

Librium is a long-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Long Acting Benzodiazepine (Definition)

Long-acting benzodiazepines are a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more