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What benzodiazepine is stronger: klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan (lorazepam)?

What benzodiazepine is stronger: klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan (lorazepam)?

They differ: Klonopin (clonazepam) is longer acting but takes just slightly longer to start working. Ativan works quicker but clears from your system quicker then Klonopin (clonazepam) although it can stay in your system for a while. ...Read more

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Is klonopin (clonazepam) more potient than valium, 4 myclonic seizures?

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Is klonopin (clonazepam) more potient than valium, 4 myclonic seizures?

Klonopin (clonazepam) more potent: If potency is defined as effect per mg. More importantly, Klonopin (clonazepam) has longer duration of action, which is generally means better coverage for seizure control. ...Read more

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Do nonbenzodiazepine z drugs like lunesta (eszopiclone) and Ambien disrupt sleep architecture?

Do nonbenzodiazepine z drugs like lunesta (eszopiclone) and Ambien disrupt sleep architecture?

Yes-with chronic use: Good question. The "z drugs" disrupt sleep less than benzodiazepines but there is evidence that there is some disruption with chronic use that becomes a big problem when people try to stop taking these drugs. See http://www.Mylwi.Com/ehealth-newsletter/why-you-shouldnt-confuse-ambien-use-with-sleep/ & http://weeksmd.Com/2013/04/sleeping-pills-and-death/ & http://bit.Ly/17uogmu for details. ...Read more

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Do nonbenzodiazepines z drugs like Ambien and lunesta (eszopiclone) disrupt sleep architecture?

Do nonbenzodiazepines z drugs like Ambien and lunesta (eszopiclone) disrupt sleep architecture?

Yes: Actually, Ambien and Lunesta (eszopiclone) are benzodiazepines they have more specific activity for selective receptors directed at sedation, and have a short half life or time in your system, but they affect sleep architecture just like other benzodiazepines or alcohol, just in a milder manner. ...Read more

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Alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, or clonazepam, which is better?

Alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, or clonazepam, which is better?

Benzodiazepines: The medications that you have listed are benzodiazepines and used to treat anxiety, panic disorders, seizures, and are sedatives. These medications vary in the onset of action, side effects and all can be habit forming. The best medication is the one that best fits the patients clinical problem. ...Read more

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Which is more powerful Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone)?

Which is more powerful Ambien or lunesta (eszopiclone)?

Neither: Zolpidem (Ambien) and eszopiclone (Lunesta) are medications used on a short-term basis for insomnia. Both act at the benzodiazepine receptor although they are not chemically in the benzodiazepine class. They are generally useful for early insomnia (getting to sleep). Neither is more "powerful", but effect depends on dose, and sometimes one works for a patient and the other doesn't. ...Read more

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Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?

Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?

No: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine usually used for the treatment of anxiety. It may also be used to help with the anxiety symptoms sometimes associated with depression. ...Read more

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Fast acting & long lasting medications for social anxiety?

Fast acting & long lasting medications for social anxiety?

Anxiety Meds: Fast acting are benzodiazepines ativan, klonopin, xanax.Long acting are ssri prozac, zoloft, celexa, Lexapro Buspar (buspirone) and new gen Cymbalta etc.Best is to have a baseline stable meds and not just use as needed meds. Get a consultation with a psychiatrist to get better recommendations and treatment and don't live with a disabling anxiety. ...Read more

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Can someone with sleep apnea take a benzodiazepine such as xanax (alprazolam)?

Can someone with sleep apnea take a benzodiazepine such as xanax (alprazolam)?

Advise against it: In general narcotics, benzos or any sedating medications will worsen sleep apnea as it suppresses breathing. Unless you're in a controlled and monitored setting like the hospital, I would not recommend it. ...Read more

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How to deal with benzo withdrawal (xanax, klonopin, (clonazepam) ativan, valium, etc..)?

Not fun: Usually the strategy is to slowly taper off the benzo and use a long-acting one, and sometimes it's really, really slow. Here's a trick i sometimes suggest to my patients: when your dose is pretty low, gently drag you pill across an emery board before you take it. One time the first day, two times the next, etc. That way you're very gradually cutting the dose down. Good luck and stick with it. ...Read more

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What prevents tramadol from acting as hypnotic?

What prevents tramadol from acting as hypnotic?

Minot a sedative: Sedative hypnotic's work either on the gaba receptor sites or histamine receptor sites generally. Tramadol does not.Tramadol is, a serotonin releaser, reuptake inhibitor of norepinephrine and a weak ?-opioid receptor agonist.[4][5] tramadol is metabolized to o-desmethyltramadol, a significantly more potent ?-opioid agonist. En.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/tramadol. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Which sedative is biggest for bi polar?Ambien, lunesta (eszopiclone) or silenor?

Lunesta (eszopiclone): Lunesta (eszopiclone) is by far the safest of the three. Ambien causes too much sleep-eating, sleep-walking, sleep talking, and even sleep driving. I have not seen any of this with lunesta (eszopiclone). Silenor is horrifically expensive for an old generic drug in low doses and is probably the closest in effect to benadryl. I don't know of anyone that has switched into mania on it, but it is a theoretical possibility. ...Read more

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Is ativan (lorazepam) addicting?

Is ativan (lorazepam) addicting?

Yes: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazipine, this class of meds can be addicting, even small doses used over an extended period of time can be very difficult to stop. Some people take them as prescribe and find it very hard to stop, others can be more overtly addicted and continue to take higher and higher doses. In general best for short term use only. Try to avoid if history of addiction like alcohol. ...Read more

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Klonopin (clonazepam) and trazodone for sleep safe?

Klonopin (clonazepam) and trazodone for sleep safe?

Yes: It is a safe combination. I can think of a number of clinical scenarios where this would be very appropriate and I have quite a few patients on this combination. ...Read more

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Has anybody experienced short temper while taking klonopin (clonazepam)?

Has anybody experienced short temper while taking klonopin (clonazepam)?

Yes: It's an unusual reaction. More frequently anxiety and irritability that are not completely treated may be seen while the dosage of medication is adjusted. Talk to your doctor! ...Read more

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Request Ambien (zolpidem) taper schedule. Current dose = Ambien (zolpidem) 5mg and Ambien (zolpidem) cr 6.5mg q.D. At bed for ssri taper. 1 month clear of ssri, doing well...Desire taper from ambien (zolpidem). Otc meds (melatonin) help?

Request Ambien (zolpidem) taper schedule.  Current dose = Ambien (zolpidem) 5mg and Ambien (zolpidem) cr 6.5mg q.D. At  bed for ssri taper.  1 month clear of ssri, doing well...Desire  taper from ambien (zolpidem).  Otc meds (melatonin) help?

Work w/your doctor: For this question, it's best to work with your own physician so that you and s/he can be on the same page together. You need to be followed so that help is available if any of your symptoms return, etc. ...Read more

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How does vistaril compare to benzos, such as klonopin or xanax (alprazolam)? (efficacy, sedation, etc.)

Different class: Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine with strong sedation as a side effect, used for sleep induction and to alleviate anxiety. It's a good medication for sleep induction and helpful to alleviate mild anxiety. ...Read more

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Quick acting medications for anxiety?

Quick acting medications for anxiety?

Benzodiazapines: usually have a pretty rapid action - however, anxiety can often respond to non-pharmacologic options. Other medications like SSRI's or Buspar (buspirone) can also be effective without the potential for tolerance. ...Read more

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