Risk factors for overdose. Signs and symptoms of an overdose. Treatment for an overdose. Recovering from an overdose. Are You Addicted to Benzodiazepines? Call Who Answers? Benzodiazepines Xanax , Valium , Klonopin are sedative-hypnotic drugs used to treat a number of different problems, including anxiety, panic, insomnia, muscle tension, restless leg syndrome, and certain substance withdrawal syndromes.
An overdose can occur if someone takes a higher dose than prescribed. The risk of death from a benzodiazepine overdose is low. The severity of the overdose is affected by: How much the person took. Age the elderly and people with chronic illnesses are particularly vulnerable to fatal overdoses. Whether the benzodiazepine was taken with other drugs.
Mixing with other drugs. Combining benzodiazepines with other drugs can increase the risk of overdose and result in profound respiratory depression and death. People who abuse benzodiazepines build a tolerance and may take higher and higher doses in an attempt to overcome it, which can lead to overdose. Users may develop a tolerance to the therapeutic effects of the drug, but not to the lethal effects.
Weak and rapid pulse. If you or someone you know displays any of these symptoms, call immediately. Recover From Benzodiazepine Addiction If you're addicted to benzodiazepines or have experienced an overdose, call Who Answers? Treatment for a benzodiazepine overdose may include the following: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR after assessing the person's breathing, airway, and circulation, if necessary.
Inserting a breathing tube or ventilator if necessary. A benzo overdose can be fatal if it involves other central nervous system depressants. Death from overdosing on benzodiazepines alone is rare. However, benzodiazepines can lead to fatal suppression of breathing if they are combined with other central nervous system depressants such as alcohol, opioids , general anesthetics, sleeping pills, or even cold medicines that include antihistamines.
Severe overdoses can also lead to cardiovascular and pulmonary toxicity, according to some sources. Some form of drug addiction treatment is usually recommended for a person recovering from a benzodiazepine overdose. Many people who experience overdose may be struggling with a substance use disorder involving benzodiazepines or other drugs. Emergency medical care may be required to treat an overdose prior to a formal treatment program. Analysis of the factors determining survival of alcoholic withdrawal syndrome patients in a general hospital.
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Olmedo R, Hoffman RS. Emerg Med Clin North Am. Reoux JP, Miller K. Sign Up It's Free! If you log out, you will be required to enter your username and password the next time you visit. Share Email Print Feedback Close. Medication Summary Treatment involves administering a substitute medication that has cross-tolerance with the chronically ingested substance. Cardiovascular agents Class Summary Clonidine has been used in alcohol withdrawal because its central alpha 2 -agonist activity reduces central output of adrenergic neurotransmitters.
Vitamins Class Summary Thiamine vitamin B-1 , folic acid folate , cyanocobalamin vitamin B , and other water-soluble vitamins are often depleted in persons with chronic alcoholism, who are also frequently malnourished. Barbiturate Class Summary These drugs are acceptable alternative to benzodiazepines. Pharmacologic antidotes Class Summary As with other withdrawal syndromes, replacement of the chronically ingested substance is an effective means of terminating the withdrawal.
Electrolyte Replacement Class Summary At pharmacologic doses, magnesium sulfate has many effects, including anticonvulsant action, decreased nerve-conduction velocity, relaxation of smooth muscle, and antidysrhythmic actions. Anesthetics Class Summary Consider propofol as a last-resort drug in refractory DT and status epilepticus that does not respond to adequate trial of benzodiazepines and barbiturates. What would you like to print? Print this section Print the entire contents of.