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Articles about Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Oxazepam, Rohypnol, etc.)

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Articles about Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Oxazepam, Rohypnol, etc.)

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Written by: Jacob Palme, professor
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 22 Jul 2008.

A detailed overview of different Benzodizepines, showing the potency and half-life (duration of effect) of each of them. Some of them have a very long duration of effects, because they have an active metabolite which also has the same effect.
What is the clinical use of Benzodiazepines?
Use of Benzodiazepines can cause panic attacks.
Use of Benzodiazepines in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Why do 10% of all patients with chronic insomnia stay on Benzodiazepines?
Sleeping problems can be worsened after taking a sleeping pill over a longer period of time (rebound insomnia).
To avoid withdrawal symptoms, you may have to reduce dosage stepwise over several weeks, following a detoxification plan.
Addiction to Benzodiazepines is common and occurs for many uers after a couple of weeks or months. The patient may have a need to increase the dosage, and if they do, and then quit, they can have severe withdrawal symptoms.
What is tolerance to Benzodiazepines?
Discusses why sleeping pills often stop working after using them continuously for two months.
Why should you come off Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Rohypnol, etc.)?
What is the effect of Benzodiazepines in elderly people?
Why do 10% of all patients with chronic insomnia stay on Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines casn have a negative effect on sleep.
Drowsiness, poor concentration, incoordination, muscle weakness, dizziness, mental confusion, memory impairment, depression, stimulated instead of calmed and inability to feel pain and pleasure are common side effects of Benzodiazepines.
Define relapse, rebound, abstinence, withdrawal, addiction, tolerance and adaptation.
List of articles about insomnia and sleeping problems.
List of links to answers about substance abuse and other addictive disorders.
What is the most important information I should know about Alprazolam?
What is Alprazolam? Under which brand names is it sold?
How should I take Alprazolam? What happens if I miss a dose? What happens if I overdose?
Who should not take Alprazolam?
What should I avoid while taking Alprazolam?
What are the side effects of Alprazolam?
What other drugs will affect Alprazolam?
One example of a tranquilizer which does not belong to the Diazepin group is Buspar.
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