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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Long Acting Benzodiazepine (Overview)

Long-acting benzodiazepines are a kind of sleep-inducing drug (anti-anxiety drug, psychiatric drug).


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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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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
9 doctors shared insights

Long Acting Benzodiazepine (Overview)

Long-acting benzodiazepines are a kind of sleep-inducing drug (anti-anxiety drug, psychiatric drug).


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I need to find a dr that will help me and prescribe me a benzodiazepine. They are the only ones that help.

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

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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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Are benzodiazepines safe?

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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Describe the features of benzodiazepine toxicity.?

Sedation / coma: Benzodiazepines are a class of medication which can help with anxiety and sleep disorders. Well known drugs include valium, ativan, and klonopin (clonazepam). Too much benzodiazepine typically causes sedation ranging from drowsiness to coma. Combining benzodiazepines with other drugs, especially in excess (such as alcohol) is exceedingly dangerous. ...Read more

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Is it deadly to mix benzodiazapines and alcohol?

Is it deadly to mix benzodiazapines and alcohol?

Yes: As a pathologist, i've seen this. The benzodiazepines are quite safe and unlikely to kill alone even if abused, which unfortunately some people do. But add alcohol to the mix, and these people perish. I've found life too rich to want to live it with anything but a clear head, and confronting its inevitable difficulties -- and it's been rough -- without numbing myself. Peace and love. ...Read more

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What can you do to simulate side effects of benzodiazepines?

See below: This is a strange question. However, taking barbiturates, drinking alcohol, or even taking Gabapentin could do it. ...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

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. Best wisehs ...Read more

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Benefit of cimetropium bromide in controlling ibs-c. Does it interact with perindopril, indapamide or bisoprolol. Can it be taken with benzodiazepines?

Benefit of cimetropium bromide in controlling ibs-c. Does it interact with perindopril, indapamide or bisoprolol. Can it be taken with benzodiazepines?

Multiple medications: Cimetropium bromide is an anticholinergic medication and smooth muscle relaxant, used to decrease bowel spasms, pain and abdominal distention in ibs. It's not available in the us., but your note says you're from india. I didn't find interactions with your other BP meds. You don't say which benzo, but i'd be watching for possible sedation or dizziness. Ask your prescribing doctor specifically. ...Read more

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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

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

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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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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 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?

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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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

Benzodiazepine (Definition)

They are used for anxiety ...Read more