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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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is cyclobenzaprine a benzodiazepine?

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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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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Is clozapine a benzodiazepine?

No: Clozapine is considered a 2nd generation antipsychotic medication, typically used in schizophrenia, that antagonizes quite a few neurotransmitter receptors, eg Dopamine d1 & d4 plus serotonin 5ht2 & cholinergic muscarinic ones, too. It's a very effective drug when used under close observation but can only be prescribed under restricted distribution due high risk for agranulocytosis, etc. ...Read more

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What causes benzodiazepines to be toxic?

Don't know what you: mean by "toxic," because actually, benzodiazepines have very little "toxicity" as we define it. Many drugs can cause stomach and intestinal inflammation, liver damage, heart damage, fluid retention, reduce the immune system, cause severe rashes - benzodiazepines have essentially none of these (allergy is always possible). They cause physical dependency and can cause addiction, and memory problems ...Read more

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Is insomnia helped by benzodiazepines?

Is insomnia helped by benzodiazepines?

Yes and No: For a short term managment of insomnia it helps. But for a chronic insomnia it is not as great helpful but cognitive behavioral therapy, sleep restriction and sleep hygine and its combination is found to be helpful the most. Intermittently it may be used but for a long term managment. It is a non-pharmacological managment found to be most helpful. See sleep medicine, neurologist, or behavior hea. ...Read more

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What is the therapy of acatisia? Are usefull benzodiazepines?

Severe restlessness: This disorder, if caused as a side effect of antipsychotic medications, is treated with benzodiazepines. In other instances beta blocker medications are helpful. A psychiatrist is best suited to diagnose and treat this disorder. ...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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Can you take a benzodiazepine for opiate withdrawal?

Yes: I frequently give patients in withdrawal a limited quantity of valium to help with withdrawal. Benzos can be addictive too so be careful. ...Read more

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Can you help with benzodiazepine to reverse cognitive impairment?

Can you help with benzodiazepine to reverse cognitive impairment?

In some cases: If the impairment is due to excessive anxiety, then benzodiazepines can be helpful in improving rational thinking and more fully using your intrinsic intelligence. These meds however do not increase intelligence, and in many cases, will impair it. The right med for the right issue is clearly the standard physicians and patients must strive to uphold. ...Read more

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What kind of short term memory loss is associated with benzodiazepines?

Anterograde amnesia: Technically called anterograde amnesia, this is impaired "recording" of information. Since it isn't recorded into memory, it can't be recalled later. (this is in contrast to retrograde amnesia, where previously stored material can't be retrieved.) there are also deficits in attention and concentration, which in turn can impair memory encoding. Overall, one appears scattered & absent-minded. ...Read more

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Is it true that benzodiazepines negatively interfere with ptsd recovery?

Yes: Benzodiazepines and narcotics are drugs of addiction. They can cloud and affect the recovery from ptsd, mood disorders etc. ...Read more

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Can low dose trazadone help to reduce benzodiazepine use and withdrawal?

Can low dose trazadone help to reduce benzodiazepine use and withdrawal?

Yes: trazodone is definitely a better alternative for sleep. Chronic use of benzos leads to tolerance and rebound insomnia. Just make sure you taper and do not stop benzo abruptly and consult with prescribing doc. If you are a resident of CA I would be happy to provide a virtual consult. If not consider a virtual consult with a Healthtap psychiatrist who is licensed in your state ...Read more

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Is it possible to take an antipsychotic to help benzodiazepine withdrawal?

Is it possible to take an antipsychotic to help benzodiazepine withdrawal?

Yes, but mostly No: To best ween off of a benzo, one should use a long acting and regularly (once or twice a day) prescribed benzo like klonopin, (clonazepam) tapered slowly over days or weeks or even months. Benzo withdrawal at its extreme can be fatal so its important to get it right. A small dose of antipsychotic however can reduce anxiety through the process but there may be better pharmacologic/non pharmacologic choices. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is 3 mg klonopin (clonazepam) (benzodiazepine) a high dose?

At one time, yes: The average starting dose of Klonopin (clonazepam) is 0.5 mg two or three times a day, and in some people who are sensitive to the effects, as little as 0.25 mg as needed. However, a dose of 1 mg three times daily is quite common. It is generally not recommended to exceed 6 mg per day, so 3 mg a day is a moderate dose. If it is stopped, it must be gradually tapered or serious withdrawal may occur-seizures. ...Read more

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Benzodiazepines Level (Definition)

Testing blood levels of benzodiazepines is not a routine or common clinical test. It is done by simply taking a blood sample and testing it in the lab. It is most commonly done in research studies. An example of clinical use would be when there is a discrepancy between the prescribed dosage and ...Read more


Benzodiazepine (Definition)

They are used for anxiety ...Read more