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Does benzodiazepine use cause sudden cardiac death?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
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In brief: Respiratory failure

Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants ('downers') so when mixed with alcohol or taken in excess they cause respiratory failure (stop breathing).
Several famous people may have died this way: marilyn monroe, elvis and even heath ledger had 3 benzodiazepines in his system. However, respiratory failure leads to cardiac failure.

In brief: Respiratory failure

Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants ('downers') so when mixed with alcohol or taken in excess they cause respiratory failure (stop breathing).
Several famous people may have died this way: marilyn monroe, elvis and even heath ledger had 3 benzodiazepines in his system. However, respiratory failure leads to cardiac failure.
Dr. Allen Seely
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: No

If a person suffers sudden cardiac death while taking these, even to a moderate excess, i would look for a different cause.
I'm a pathologist and this question comes up frequently. If you have lost someone you love, i hope you are able to find an explanation, as well as strength and comfort.

In brief: No

If a person suffers sudden cardiac death while taking these, even to a moderate excess, i would look for a different cause.
I'm a pathologist and this question comes up frequently. If you have lost someone you love, i hope you are able to find an explanation, as well as strength and comfort.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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