What are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines. • Nitrazepam useful and effective but can be habit forming in long term. It continues to work for several hours (medium-acting) which means it has the potential to cause hangover drowsiness the following morning.
• Temazepam and lormetazepam are shorter acting, and less likely to cause daytime drowsiness.


All benzodiazepines can affect hand-eye co-ordination, which can impair driving ability and operating machinery the next day. Because of their potential for causing dependence, doctors are now discouraged from prescribing benzodiazepines for insomnia except for very short term use in specific situations, such as in people who are very distressed.
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Related Questions

What causes benzodiazepines to be toxic?

Don't know what you. mean by "toxic," because actually, benzodiazepines have very little "toxicity" as we define it. Many drugs can cause stomach and intestinal inflammation, liver damage, heart damage, fluid retention, reduce the immune system, cause severe rashes - benzodiazepines have essentially none of these (allergy is always possible). They cause physical dependency and can cause addiction, and memory problems. Read more...

I keep on getting panic attacks, and Xanax (alprazolam) doesn't really help. What other benzodiazepine should I try that might help me? Thank you, please help!

Not a benzo. Better treatment for panic attacks would not be another benzodiazepine, but probably an ssri such as celexa, zoloft, or even prozac. Other antidepressants such as Effexor (venlafaxine) may prevent panic attacks also. Thought they can help when appropriately dosed, benzodiazepines are a temporary solution because tolerance may develop. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an important part of treatment also. Read more...

In what way are benzodiazepines actually created?

Manufactured. Benzodiazepines are created by manufacturing them in labs. They do not come from any natural substance or plant. Read more...

How do I find what's the best benzodiazepine for severe social anxiety?

Benzodiazapines. May not be required for treatment of social anxiety disorder. Would recommend use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors before consideration of a benzo. But, most importantly is use of therapy to deal with the underlying issue. Cognitive behavioral therapy would be an excellent choice. Read more...

What benzodiazepine works better for social anxiety? I tell my doctor 1 mg a day of clinazapam don't work but he ignores it.

So it don't work? Using benzodiazepines as first-line treatment for anything psychiatric is a bad idea, clinazapam as much as any of the others especially if 1 mg a day don't work. You got your chronic dependence, got your sedation, got your drug & alcohol interactions, got your impaired judgment, got your tolerance, got your liver issues...your doctor is ignoring "it" for a reason: "It's" a bad idea. Read more...

Can you tell me what is the best benzodiazepine for anxiety?

There isn't a . Specific best benzodiazapine for anxiety. Each person responds differently to different benzodizapines. The best one for you may be selected by factors like half life, side effect profile and which one you respond to the best. Take care. Read more...