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Side Effects Benzodiazepines
Can taking antipsychotics, ssri's, and benzodiazepines wreak havoc on your body from unintended side effects? This is being on them and stopping them.
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
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
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
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
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
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?
I've read about benzodiazepines being highly addictive and their potential for withdrawal symptoms or negative effects, but are they safe when taken on a short-term/one-time basis, such as for a lengthy dental appointment or minor surgical procedure?
Anti-anxiety Meds: You have a short-term problem. You only require a short-term solution to prevent dependence. In this case 1 pill taken before your appointment should do it. Talk to your Dentist about appropriate dose. Or you could try non-addicting approaches such as breathing exercises, biofeedback, nitrous-oxide in-office sedation, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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