What patients — and doctors — should know about ‘benzo’ withdrawal
There is little awareness about the consequences of withdrawing from long-term use or high doses of Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and Valium. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 2, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sharon Goldman Source Type: news

Lorazepam Has Negative Impact on Survival in Pancreatic Cancer
TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2023 -- Lorazepam stimulates fibrosis and inflammatory signaling and is associated with reduced survival in patients with pancreatic cancer, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in Clinical Cancer Research. Abigail C.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 22, 2023 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Could Ativan Pose Harm to People Battling Pancreatic Cancer?
THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2023 -- Sometimes patients with pancreatic cancer are prescribed the benzodiazepine lorazepam (Ativan) for anxiety, but that may be harming their health. A new study found this treatment was linked to worse outcomes, with shorter... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 17, 2023 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Valium, Xanax Prescriptions Could Raise Overdose Risk in Youth
TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2022 -- Teenagers and young adults who use benzodiazepines to treat insomnia may be at heightened risk of overdose, a new study finds. Benzodiazepines include anxiety medications like Ativan, Klonopin, Valium and Xanax, as well as... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 29, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

What Are Treatments for Panic Disorder?
Discussion Panic disorder is “…one of the anxiety disorders and is characterized by repeated, unexpected panic attacks, involving physical symptoms such as racing heart, dizziness and chest pains, along with a fear of recurring attacks and changing behaviors to avoid further attacks.” It has both physical manifestations and mental ones including extreme fear such as mortal fear, loss of control and fear of alienation. It is most common in teenagers aged 15-19 and is very common with about 1% of teens experiencing attacks. A study of college students in multiple countries found a lifetime prevalence of 5%....
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 26, 2022 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Dangerous Prescriptions of Opioids-Plus-Sedatives Plummet in U.S.
TUESDAY, June 7, 2022 -- Reacting to the nation ' s opioid epidemic, doctors in the United States are co-prescribing fewer opioid painkillers and benzodiazepines such as Ativan and Xanax, federal health officials report. When these drugs are taken... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 7, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

The future is bright for RWE in pharma approvals
Real-world evidence (RWE) could help pharma achieve many things – including understanding disease burden better and smarter monitoring of newly marketed therapies to make them safer and more effective. But the most promising near-term use case for RWE, according to a Deloitte survey of pharma executives, is in support of regulatory submissions and label expans ion.  For industry stakeholders such as Marc Berger, M.D., this advance is a long time coming. The founder of the real-world data (RWD) and analytics group at Pfizer, Berger has been a contributing author on dozens of policy papers on the use of RWE – including ...
Source: EyeForPharma - January 6, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brian Eastwood Source Type: news

Loreev XR (Lorazepam Extended-release Capsules) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - November 4, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Droperidol/Midazolam Combo Curbs Agitation in ED Patients Droperidol/Midazolam Combo Curbs Agitation in ED Patients
Patients treated with intramuscular droperidol/midazolam needed less rescue medication than those treated with haliperidol/lorazepam.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 1, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

Fatal ODs From Illicit Tranquilizers Jumped 6-Fold During Pandemic
THURSDAY, Aug. 26, 2021 -- Overdose deaths linked to illicit " designer " benzodiazepines have surged in the United States, as underground labs crank out new synthetic variations on prescription tranquilizers like Valium, Xanax and Ativan. Overdose... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 26, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Droperidol most effective sedation medication for agitation with less sides effects
(Society for Academic Emergency Medicine) In a randomized, double-blind trial of patients with acute undifferentiated agitation in the emergency department, droperidol was more effective for sedation and was associated with fewer episodes of respiratory depression than lorazepam or either dose of ziprasidone. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sixth national summary report for NHS Benchmarking Network's Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation project finds almost a third of hospitals report'complete outages' of medicines during COVID-19 pandemic, Pharmaceutical Journal
Data from 98 NHS trusts in England showed that some trusts experienced shortages of first-line critical care medicines, atracurium, cistracurium, and propofol. Other drugs listed as being in short supply included noradrenaline, fentanyl, lorazepam and midazolam. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Adds Abuse Warning to Labels for Xanax, Valium
THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2020 -- Reacting to an upsurge in abuse of benzodiazepine sedatives such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan, U.S. officials on Wednesday added a " Boxed Warning " to the drugs ' labels, cautioning about the danger. Benzodiazepines are... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 24, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

A clinical method of evaluating simple reaction time and reaction accuracy is sensitive to a single dose of lorazepam - Richardson JK, Eckner JT, Kim H, Ashton-Miller JA.
The objective o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Meds Like Valium, Xanax Linked to Higher Risk of Ectopic Pregnancy
WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2020 -- Taking benzodiazepines -- drugs such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Halcion or Ativan -- to treat anxiety or insomnia before pregnancy boosts the risk of an ectopic pregnancy, new research suggests. Ectopic pregnancy is a... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 3, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news