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What is the definition or description of: benzodiazepine overdose?

What is the definition or description of: benzodiazepine overdose?

Too much sedative: A benzodiazepine is a sedative used for procedures or sometimes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Examples of these medications include lorazepam, diazepam, or Alprazolam an overdose is consuming more than the recommended amount of drug. Death is uncommon with overdose of benzodiazepines alone but has been reported. ...Read more

Benzodiazepine Overdose (Definition)

A benzodiazepine is a sedative used for procedures or sometimes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Examples of these medications include lorazepam, diazepam, or Alprazolam an overdose is consuming more than the recommended amount of drug. Death is uncommon with overdose of benzodiazepines alone ...Read more


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Benzodiazepine overdose --call 911?

Benzodiazepine overdose --call 911?

OD is over dose: If any medication, is taken as instructed by the physician is safe and not called as od. Substance abusers, get addicted and take several times the therapeutic dose reaching lethal levels of medication then called od, if it happens yes call 911 and stay till ambulance arrives and may need CPR ...Read more

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What is the treatment for benzodiazepine overdose?

What is the treatment for benzodiazepine overdose?

Supportive: Generally, the treatment is supportive, e.g. Monitoring of vital signs, securing airway and ensuring adequate ventilation, and administration of IV fluids. ...Read more

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Benzodiazepine overdose a cry for help?

Yes,: Yes, must seek professional help, undergo detox program. ...Read more

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I have a serious question about drug overdose. Can you od on prescription benzodiazepine?

OD is over dose: If any medication, is taken as instructed by the physician is safe and not called as od. Substance abusers, get addicted and take several times the therapeutic dose reaching lethal levels of medication then called od, . ...Read more

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Why are benzodiazepines no longer listed as schedule IV drugs?

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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Can overdosing on benzodiazepines cause withdrawal symptoms afterward?

Unlikely: If is truly an overdose, then withrawal symptoms are unlikely. However, if you take the benzodiazepine regularly. There will be a withdrawal syndrome. ...Read more

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Can benzodiazepines be in the same class of drugs perhaps be as addicting as opiates?

Can benzodiazepines be in the same class of drugs perhaps be as addicting as opiates?

Addiction: Benzodiazepines and opiates are different types of drugs, and act by different mechanisms on the body. But they are both habituating. Susceptible people may also use both in an addictive way: using more than intended, developing tolerance, and continuing to use despite adverse effects on relationships, work, and health. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some anxiolytic drugs you can suggest in alternative to benzodiazepines?

Can you tell me some anxiolytic drugs you can suggest in alternative to benzodiazepines?

A couple: Buspirone; vistaril; ssri's like paroxetine, sertraline, escitalopram; mirtazepine; trazodone, etc. Psychotherapy can be very effective. So can homeopathy; also certain herbs like lemon balm, kava, and theanine (a component of green tea). ...Read more

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Can eugeroic drugs and benzodiazepines be taken within the same 24-48 hour period safely?

Yes, but: Be careful because the eugeroic (wakefulness promoting drugs) can increase diazepam levels to some degree, so you will have to probably decrease your valium dose under the supervision of your sleep doctor or psychiatrist, until you find the dose that you tolerate without it making you excessively sedated. Be careful driving and operating machinery. ...Read more

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I was previously prescribed Clonazepam taken occasionally when needed eg social functions but made me dopey. Can you recommend another benzodiazepine or other drug that can be used this way but less likely to make me dopey that I can ask my Dr about?

Propranolol: If you have some social anxiety, propranolol is often times used for people with similar symptoms. People may use it as needed for events such as public speaking. It works to slow down you heart rate and is historically a heart medication however it has benefits for people with social anxiety and typically is a safe medication. Discuss this with your physician as it will not make you drowsy. ...Read more

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How are drugs categorized as antidepressants or benzodiazepines different?

Very different: Benzodiazepines bzd develop tolerance and can be addictive. Antidepressants ad are not. All bzd effect GABA and are different only in half life and onset of action are used for anxiety or insomnia short term. Ad can help anxiety or insomnia as well as depression on a longer term basis by several different mechnisms effecting serotonin, norepinephrine, and/or Dopamine in various ways. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm feeling like overdosing on benzodiazepines, manic depression?

If you are having: Thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more

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Is there any medical reason for an abnormally large number of false positives for benzodiazepines on urine drug screens?

Benzodiazepines: Nope. But remember benzos can stay positive in the urine for six weeks. One false positive is occasionally seen, but not repeated testing. ...Read more

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Can taking benzodiazepines while on drugs like heroin, cocain, & meth be dangerous? If so, how come? ... Just wondering

Can taking benzodiazepines while on drugs like heroin, cocain, & meth be dangerous? If so, how come? ... Just wondering

Yes: The respiratory depression with heroin is additive. You can go to sleep, stop breathing, and wind up in heaven. Cocaine and meth can cause lethal cardiac arrhythmias...With or without the addition of benzodiazepines. Coming down off coke and meth commonly causes depression which benzos would exacerbate. Bad polypharmacy! ...Read more

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Do GABA drugs always work for everyone? Mainly benzodiazepines and the z drugs. Ambien 5mg with lunesta (eszopiclone) 3mg combo isn't. What similar meds could work?

Do GABA drugs always work for everyone? Mainly benzodiazepines and the z drugs. Ambien 5mg with lunesta (eszopiclone) 3mg combo isn't. What similar meds could work?

Eval 1st, med 2nd: What "works, " depends on clinical need. For instance, you'd have to assess why there's a sleep disturbance in the first place. These have many possible causes, and applicable medicines & other treatments would change accordingly. Please consider seeing a psychiatrist who can help you with your individual situation and concerns. If needed, a formal sleep study can be done also. Good luck. ...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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I suffer of social anxiety and depression related to it. I tried different drugs (several ssri, benzodiazepines).They didn't help me in no way. What nex?

I suffer of social anxiety and depression related to it. I tried different drugs (several ssri, benzodiazepines).They didn't help me in no way. What nex?

Social anxiety: Did you also do therapy? Medications alone will not be sufficient. The combination of medications with cognitive behavioral therapy is the recommended treatment strategy. In regards to antidepressants, you may ask your doctor to try snris like Effexor (venlafaxine) or cymbalta. In some cases augmentation with mood stabilizers/atypical antipsychotics might be necessary. ...Read more

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I took a urine drug screen and benzodiazepines showed up in my metabolites I haven't taken a benzo in three months but have a bad liver is that why?

I took a urine drug screen and benzodiazepines showed up in my metabolites I haven't taken a benzo in three months but have a bad liver is that why?

Drug testing: Urine drugs tests are quite accurate. When reported as +, it means it has shown positive on an initial chemical screening ; then usually also been confirmed by a test for a specific molecule. The confirmations generally do not cross react with other substances ("false positives"). With a sick liver, it can take some time for benzos to clear, but I have not seen it be more than 1 mo, at most 2. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would Ambien (zolpidem) show up as benzodiazepine in an urine drug screen sent to a lab?

Hi docs, would Ambien (zolpidem) show up as benzodiazepine in an urine drug screen sent to a lab?

No: Ambien/zolpidem, although sharing properties with benzodiazepines, is distinct enough not to give a positive as a benzodiazepine on a standard urine drug screen testing for benzodiazepines. That said, a special test can be done to look for zolpidem metabolites if desired. Further, it is recommended to only take medications prescribed to you making it expected for you and your doctor if tested for. ...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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Can certain benzodiazepines treat pain?

Not directly: They can cut anxiety & relax muscles which may help indirectly. ...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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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

Overdose (Definition)

When the maximum dose of medication ...Read more


Benzodiazepine (Definition)

They are used for anxiety ...Read more