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Why Prescribed Benzo Patients Shouldn’t Go To Detox or Rehab

Or Z-drug patients — Lunesta, Ambien or Sonata too Originally published in Benzodiazepine Fundamentals Note: This article was written for doctors. We believe that patients need this information to ensure their own well-being and to better advocate for themselves. It has been edited and shortened. The original article is in…

Benzodiazepine Prescribing Soars, Prompting Concerns

The number of prescriptions for benzodiazepines, a class of tranquilizing drugs, has increased dramatically, and benzodiazepine-related overdose deaths have increased as well. The drugs can also raise the risks of falls, fractures and cognitive impairment, especially in seniors. Researchers looked at data on more than 386,000 doctor visits from 2003…

Benzo, Opioid Combination in Alzheimer’s Patients Potentially Dangerous

About 20% of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) take both a prescription opioid and tranquilizer medication together, and that’s problematic as it can lead to serious risks. Researchers say that AD patients who took a benzodiazepine, such as Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam) and Ativan (lorazepam), along with an opioid had…

Many Older Patients End Up Using Benzodiazepines Long Term

Although tranquilizer drugs known as benzodiazepines are only meant for short-term use, about one-third of older adults who get a prescription for them end up continuing on them for the long term. Researchers interviewed 576 older adults that were newly prescribed a benzodiazepine. Common benzodiazepines are Valium (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam)…

4 Drugs That Interact with Anxiety Meds

Benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax are prescribed for anxiety and insomnia. Here’s what you should know about drugs that may interact with them. If you suffer from anxiety, panic disorder or insomnia, your doctor may have prescribed you a tranquilizer belonging to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines….

10 Tips to Help Patients Going Through Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

By Christy Huff, MDKevinMD.org As physicians, we are experts at prescribing medications. However, we often fail miserably when it comes to recognizing adverse reactions and tapering medications. It’s something that is simply lacking in our medical training. I have become a victim of this with benzodiazepines, as I detailed in…

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