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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Short Acting Benzodiazepine (Overview)

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


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

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

Dr. Andrew Berry
5 doctors shared insights

Short Acting Benzodiazepine (Overview)

Short-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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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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Is vistaril (hydroxyzine) truly as effective in treating anxiety as a benzodiazepine?

Is vistaril (hydroxyzine) truly as effective in treating anxiety as a benzodiazepine?

Probably not: There's a reason benzodiazepines are so widely used: they work well, particularly for anxiety. Sedating antihistamines like vistiril (hydroxyzine) are non-addictive & thus preferable if they do the job. But the truth is, for most people benzodiazepines are more effective. There are other alternatives, by the way: ssris, buspar, (buspirone) beta-blockers, & sedating antidepressants (trazodone, doxepin). ...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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Describe the features of benzodiazepine toxicity.?

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

Benzodiazepine (Definition)

They are used for anxiety ...Read more