A higher dosage of a BZ, as well as longer use, can increase the intensity and frequency of the withdrawal symptoms.Short acting drugs (Xanax, Serax, Ativan) are more likely to produce withdrawal reactions than BZs with longer half lives (Valium, Librium, Tranxene) if they are discontinued rapidly, although the difference is usually small if they are tapered in an appropriately slow manner. Relapse means your original anxiety symptoms return after reducing or stopping the medication.So if the symptoms persist four to six weeks after complete withdrawal, it probably indicates relapse. This usually occurs two to three days after a taper and is often caused by too big of a reduction of the drug at one time.It is possible that a rebound reaction can trigger a relapse reaction.They also have been used “off label” for anxiety, restless leg syndrome, and a host of other experimental treatments.The 3 primary groups of z-drugs are Imidazopyridines (zolpidem), Cyclopyrrolones (zopiclone, eszopiclone), and Pyrazolopyrimidines (zaleplon).Because a number of drugs can fit into the class of sedatives, we have included general questions and answers about the sedative class of drugs below, including general questions about Z-drugs.Have a question about prescription stimulants we didn’t cover?
Withdrawal symptoms start as the medication is reduced and end one to two weeks after stopping a medication. Rebound is the temporary return of greater anxiety symptoms after withdrawal from medication than you experienced before the medication.
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Z-drugs are non-benzodiazepine drugs that are often used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Withdrawal and rebound symptoms can occur during taper.
If you have been taking alprazolam for many months, it may be best that you gradually lower your dose over eight to twelve weeks. Alcohol increases this drugs absorption and it depressant effects on the brain. Valium is a long-acting benzodiazepine, so one or two doses can last the whole day. Do not take if planning to get pregnant, if you are pregnant or if you are breast-feeding.