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What can you do to simulate side effects of benzodiazepines?

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

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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


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What are side effects of using clonazepam? Which benzodiazepines are safest, if any are "more safe" than others (especially in treating severe anxiety)?

What are side effects of using clonazepam? Which benzodiazepines are safest, if any are "more safe" than others (especially in treating severe anxiety)?

Klonopin (clonazepam): Clonazepam is the benzodiazepine I prescribe most often for anxiety disorders because of the low dose required and the reasonably long time that it works for (usually 12-14 hours). Generally, the side effects are minimal ... Usually sedation and dry mouth if you start the dose a little too high. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What could be causing hair thinning on top? Used to take antipsychotics antidepressants benzodiazepines? Also dealing with male pattern baldness sides

What could be causing hair thinning on top? Used to take antipsychotics antidepressants benzodiazepines? Also dealing with male pattern baldness sides

See a dermatologist: It is certainly possible that your hair loss on top is a part of your described male pattern baldness. It can happen at your age. However, an examination of your scalp and pattern of hair loss would be best to determine if there are any other explanations. A dermatologist is most often the best person to see though some primary care doctors are comfortable evaluating hair loss. ...Read more

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Will I have withdrawal effects if I switch from one benzodiazepine (xanax) to another (lysanxia)?

Will I have withdrawal effects if I switch from one benzodiazepine (xanax) to another (lysanxia)?

Probably not: Usually, if one cross titrates the two medications there is no adverse side effect or withdrawal effect. Your doctor will work with you on this. ...Read more

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Tolerance to Benzodiazepines . I can take 10 and not feel any effects. Quit trying to use over a year ago (prescribed). Severe anxiety , is this 4ever?

Tolerance to Benzodiazepines . I can take 10 and not feel any effects. Quit trying to use over a year ago (prescribed). Severe anxiety , is this 4ever?

Help is possible: Your body has chemicals that act like benzodiazepines, so by taking so many, you probably shut down your own system. And now need outside drug to remain calm, or fight anxiety. You are dependent on them now, but good psychiatric evaluation can help you get off these agents, but it will take different drugs for now, and some time to fix. Don't forget your desire for success will make the difference ...Read more

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Can any of you doctors tell me anything about the effects of benzodiazepine withdrawls on the gastrointestinal system? I read that few doctors know.

Can any of you doctors tell me anything about the effects of benzodiazepine withdrawls  on the gastrointestinal system? I read that few doctors know.

Benzo withdrawal: Benzodiazepine withdrawal can lead to well-known mental and neurological symptoms like irritability, hallucinations, and seizures. The GI system may or may not show symptoms. Some people do experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, etc. http://tinyurl.com/ph43wrm ...Read more

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What are the negative effects of benzodiazepines such as halcion & xanax (alprazolam)?

What are the negative effects of benzodiazepines such as halcion & xanax (alprazolam)?

Benzodiazepines SE: are sedation, drowsiness and mental confusion. Some patients may react to benzodiazepines by showing irritability, increased excitement, aggression and hostility. Ask your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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Some sources i've researched online say that benzodiazepines retain their anxiolytic properties even when the other effects like sedation have gone from tolerance so you think it not work is this true?

Some sources i've researched online say that benzodiazepines retain their anxiolytic properties even when the other effects like sedation have gone from tolerance so you think it not work is this true?

True: So long as the dose is in the therapeutic range and is generally consistent, the anxiolytic properties persist. When the drugs are abused, or dosages vary widely, rebound anxiety can become a problem. ...Read more

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I take Paxil and Effexor (venlafaxine) for anxiety and their effects have markedly stopped working. Would a benzodiazepine therapy be worth asking my pcp about? I'm a 22 year-old male.

I take Paxil and Effexor (venlafaxine) for anxiety and their effects have markedly stopped working. Would a benzodiazepine therapy be worth asking my pcp about? I'm a 22 year-old male.

Psychiatric Eval ?: While anxiety can be helped by medication, there are often psychological issues involved. Many times a combination of medication and psychotherapy can be very useful. It is also often best to get started on such treatment when you are young; A psychiatrist should be able to do a full evaluation and work out a treatment plan with you. ...Read more

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Why was i given benzodiazepine for tmj?

Why was i given  benzodiazepine for tmj?

Stress reduction: Often one of the causes of TMJ is stress. The benzodiazepine reduces your anxiety and stress and also helps you sleep better at night so that your joints can heal. ...Read more

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Can benzodiazepine treat hallucinations?

Can benzodiazepine treat hallucinations?

Unlikely: Benzo's are more likely to be associated with hallucinations, especially in overdoses or during drug withdrawal. Many report nightmares or vivid dreams while taking benzo's. Only one mention of benzo's used to treat auditory hallucinations in schizophrenic pt concluded effect resulted from muscle relaxing & anxiolytic effects. ...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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How to not get tolerance on benzodiazepines?

Benzo dependence: Avoid regular daily use to avoid dependence. ...Read more

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What would be too big a dose of benzodiazepines?

What would be too big a dose of benzodiazepines?

In a nutshell: Any dose of benzodiazepines beyond that prescribed, would be too big. Your doctor knows about your liver functioning, other medications or substances you're using, other illnesses you might have, etc -- and can recommend the best dose for your needs. ...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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Benzodiazepine (Definition)

They are used for anxiety ...Read more