Driving whilst taking prescription medication
Legislation to be introduced on 2 March will set very low levels for eight well known illegal drugs, including cannabis and also eight prescription drugs, including clonazepam and diazepam. BBC Clonazepam - A to Z of MS Diazepam - A to Z of MS (Source: Multiple Sclerosis Trust)
Source: Multiple Sclerosis Trust - February 10, 2015 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

New Clues About a Brain Protein With High Affinity for Valium
(Source: News from NIGMS Funded Institutions)
Source: News from NIGMS Funded Institutions - January 30, 2015 Category: Research Source Type: news

New clues about a brain protein with high affinity for valium
Valium, one of the best known antianxiety drugs, produces its calming effects by binding with a particular protein in the brain. But the drug has an almost equally strong affinity for a completely different protein. New studies revealing atomic level details of this secondary interaction might offer clues about Valium's side effects and point the way to more effective drugs. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 29, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

New clues about a brain protein with high affinity for Valium
(DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory) Valium, one of the best known antianxiety drugs, produces its calming effects by binding with a particular protein in the brain. But the drug has an almost equally strong affinity for a completely different protein. New studies revealing atomic level details of this secondary interaction might offer clues about Valium's side effects and point the way to more effective drugs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 29, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Diastat Acudial (Diazepam Rectal Gel) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - January 5, 2015 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Surely the NEJM could do a better review of delirium tremens
2.5 out of 5 stars Recognition and Management of Withdrawal Delirium (Delirium Tremens). Schuckit MA. N Engl J Med 2014 Nov 27;371:2109-2113. No abstract available This is an amazingly inept paper, even by the traditionally low standards of the New England Journal‘s  “Review Article” section. It was written by a psychiatrist who — on the basis of this piece — seems not to deal with severe alcohol withdrawal or delirium tremens at all. At times, the author does not appear to appreciate the serious nature of DTs and the difficulty of treating the condition adequately. For instance...
Source: The Poison Review - December 18, 2014 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical alcohol withdrawal delirium tremens DTs review article Source Type: news

Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study
Drugs such as Xanax, Valium tied to confusion and falls, experts say (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

We Are Our Shadows
The same year the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize, 1989, I had my first panic attack. It was my freshman year in college and in the midst of hip-hop, frozen yogurt and scrunchies, I was celebrating independence from my parents for the first time but struggling academically. I had never defined myself as anxious, nervous or worried. Instead I was the girl who doesn't worry about anything. That's how my family had always described me, and I played the part well. As I stood in the emergency room breathing into a bag, doctors urging me to go on medication for my anxiety, I began to question my own sanity. These panic att...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More U.S. Teens Are Overdosing on Valium, Xanax
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Dependence, News, Source Type: news

Celia Walden on the pain of going teetotal
From Vicodin to Valium, no amount of prescription drugs can ease Celia Walden's agony at laying off the booze (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: prescription drugs ambien valium wine wine and painkillers piers morgan los angeles celia walden california vicodin Source Type: news

Bacteria may have ability to reduce impact of diazepam on UK river environments
A reaction pathway that could reduce the potentially harmful impact of diazepam and similar chemicals on the UK's freshwater environment has been discovered by researchers. Diazepam -- used to treat anxiety and other similar conditions -- has been detected in rivers across the UK and Europe, having been released from waste water treatment plants. At the levels recorded, it has the potential to produce harmful ecological effects in surface waters, including changing the behavior of fish shoals and their ability to sense danger from predators. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 30, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Anxiety Medications Ativan, Xanax, And Valium May Increase Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease
Valium, Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin are some of the anxiety meds linked to Alzheimer’s risk. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 10, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Alice G. Walton Source Type: news

Prescription sleeping pills linked to Alzheimer's risk
Conclusion This case control study has suggested that long-term use of benzodiazepines (over six months) may be linked with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease in older people. These findings are reported to be similar to other previous studies, but add weight to these by showing that risk increases with increasing length of exposure to the drugs, and with those benzodiazepines that remain in the body for longer. The strengths of this study include that it could establish when people started taking benzodiazepines and when they had their diagnosis using medical insurance records, rather than having to ask people...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology Mental health Source Type: news

Prescription sleeping pills 'can raise chance of Alzheimer's by 50%'
The pills known as benzodiazepines, which include temazepam and diazepam, are commonly used to treat anxiety and sleeping disorders and make up some 9.5million prescriptions per year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Are Benzodiazepine Medications Used to...
Information about the benzodiazepine family of medications, generally used to treat anxiety and related conditions, including Valium, Librium, Xanax and several others. (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)
Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder - July 24, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Authors: bipolar.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

The New Old Age Blog: Weaning Older Patients Off Sleeping Pills
Valium, Xanax and other drugs are widely used for insomnia and anxiety, but long-term use can be hazardous. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 7, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By PAULA SPAN Tags: Elder Care Sedatives Elderly Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Medical Issues Ambien (Drug) Insomnia Source Type: news

The New Old Age Blog: Weaning Older Patients Off Sleeping Pills
Valium, Xanax and other drugs are widely used for insomnia and anxiety, but long-term use can be hazardous. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By PAULA SPAN Tags: Elder Care Sedatives Elderly Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Medical Issues Ambien (Drug) Insomnia Source Type: news

The New Old Age Blog: Weaning Older Patients Off of Sleeping Pills
Valium, Xanax and other drugs are widely used for insomnia and anxiety, but long-term use can be hazardous. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 2, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By PAULA SPAN Tags: Elder Care Sedatives Elderly Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Medical Issues Ambien (Drug) Insomnia Source Type: news

The New Old Age Blog: Weaning Older Patients Off of Sleeping Pills
Valium, Xanax and other drugs are widely used for insomnia and anxiety, but long-term use can be hazardous. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By PAULA SPAN Tags: Elder Care Sedatives Elderly Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Medical Issues Ambien (Drug) Insomnia Source Type: news

Breakthrough study sheds new light on best medication for children with seizures
(Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research) A recently published clinical study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has answered an urgent question that long puzzled ER pediatricians: Is the drug lorazepam really safer and more effective than diazepam -- the US Food and Drug Administration-approved medication as first line therapy most often used by emergency room doctors to control major epileptic seizures in children? (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 11, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Report: More than 300K seniors addicted to prescription drugs
Drugs include narcotic painkillers such as Percocet, Vicodin and anti-anxiety medicines like Xanax, Valium (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Widely used drug no more effective than FDA approved medication in treating epileptic seizures
Lorazepam -- a widely used but not yet Food and Drug Administration approved drug for children -- is no more effective than an approved benzodiazepine, diazepam, for treating pediatric status epilepticus, a study shows. Status epilepticus is a state in which the brain is in a persistent state of seizure. By the age of 15, 4 to 8 percent of children experience a seizure episode, which can be life threatening if they aren't stopped immediately. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 14, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

What Are the Top Anti-Anxiety Medications?
Antianxiety medications help to calm and relax the anxious person and remove the troubling symptoms. There are a number of antianxiety medications currently available. The preferred medications for most anxiety disorders are the benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax/Zanex, and Ativan. (Source: About.com Mental Health)
Source: About.com Mental Health - May 13, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Authors: mentalhealth.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include clot busting in people with pulmonary embolism, virtual autopsy, getting seniors off Valium, and nerve problems following chemotherapy. (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - May 2, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Lorazepam, Diazepam Similar in Pediatric Status Epilepticus Lorazepam, Diazepam Similar in Pediatric Status Epilepticus
Results of a controlled trial do not support the superiority of lorazepam over diazepam as a first-line agent for pediatric status epilepticus. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - May 1, 2014 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Lorazepam no better than diazepam for child seizures
Lorazepam not superior to diazepam as first-line drug for status epilepticusRelated items from OnMedicaValproate in pregnancy linked to raised autism riskPrenatal exposure to valproate raises risk of autismAntibiotic fails to improve lung function in children with CFAdherence to medicine schedule – low among children with epilepsyCAM can be lethal to children (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 23, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Benzos Equal for Kids With Status Epilepticus (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Diazepam proved equal to lorazepam for effectiveness and safety in treating children with status epilepticus, surprising the randomized trial's investigators and others in the field. (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - April 22, 2014 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Two Drugs Work Equally Well for Epileptic Seizures in Kids
Ativan, Valium both good options for emergency treatment, experts say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Children's Health, Epilepsy, Seizures (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - April 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trouble Is a Gift: A Story of Addiction, Recovery & Hope
“But finally, there I was alone in this apartment, sitting in a chair, staring at the radiator waiting for the little guy to crawl out from behind it. Knowing the bottle was going to be empty in another minute. Wondering how I’m going to get money to buy a new one or if I should just kill myself and leap into hell feet first. That was my defining moment. The bottom of that bottle.” So began James Cusack’s hand-over-fist climb out of the abyss of his alcoholism, chronicled in his book Trouble Is a Gift. The book opens with a description of his own struggles with the substance — what he can...
Source: Psych Central - April 5, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Megan Riddle Tags: Addictions Alcoholism Book Reviews General Motivation and Inspiration Personal Stories Substance Abuse Alcohol Abuse Drug rehabilitation hope James Cusack recovery Source Type: news

Keeping children safe around grandma’s medicine
Multi-generational parenting is becoming more common, as the number of children living with grandparents—or receiving regular care from them—continues to rise. And according to reports, this generation of seniors is healthier, better educated, living longer and more financially secure than those of the past. In other words, today’s Nana and Granddad are ready for the job. But, as shown in this report from Safe Kids Worldwide, when grandparents become more active in child care, it carries a safety concern: increasing kids’ access to the grandparents’ medication and pills, and potentially seriou...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 4, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tripp Underwood Tags: All posts child safety medication toddler safety Source Type: news

Cholesterol transporter structure decoded
For the first time, scientists have solved the high-resolution structure of the molecular transporter TSPO, which introduces cholesterol into mitochondria. This protein also serves as a docking site for diagnostic markers and different drugs, such as Valium. The detailed knowledge of its 3-D shape and function opens up new diagnostic and therapeutic perspectives. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 21, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Cholesterol transporter structure decoded
(DZNE - German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) For the first time, scientists in Goettingen, Germany, have solved the high-resolution structure of the molecular transporter TSPO, which introduces cholesterol into mitochondria. This protein also serves as a docking site for diagnostic markers and different drugs, such as Valium. The detailed knowledge of its 3-D shape and function opens up new diagnostic and therapeutic perspectives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 21, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

About Valium - Early Tranquilizer, Still Prescribed
Back in the 1960s and 70s Valium was called "mother's little helper." It was "prescribed in vast quantities" by doctors to women (mothers and non-mothers) for anxiety, tension, you name ...Read Full Post (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)
Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder - March 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Drug-facilitated sexual crime by use of ketamine and diazepam by a gynaecologist - Wille SM, Di Fazio V, Samyn N.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - March 3, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Can David Nutt wean us off the demon drink with his alcohol substitute? | Neil Brady
The former government drugs adviser believes the only way to reduce the harms of alcohol is to replace it with a safer intoxicantCancer incidence is set to increase by 70% globally between now and 2024, according to the World Health Organisation's World Cancer Report published earlier this month. The report states that much of the increase will be down to lifestyle factors – not just smoking, but also physical inactivity and excessive consumption of sugar (leading to obesity) and alcohol.Changing people's behaviour is notoriously difficult and costly, but what if it were possible to greatly reduce the toxic effect of...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 27, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Neil Brady Tags: theguardian.com Blogposts Alcoholism Health Medical research Society Drugs David Nutt Cancer Science Source Type: news

Music to your ears? How to prevent heart failure
A Cochrane Collaboration review suggests that music might benefit heart patients. To entrepreneurial scientists this sounds like an unrivalled opportunityJust before Christmas I told you about the discovery that the brain shrinks during sleep, allowing it to get rid of all those nasty toxins it accumulates during the day, including beta amyloid. I described a potential medical application of this knowledge, the so-called BraneDrane™, under development by the labs of Black Knight Industries®.I can now talk about our experiences with the 'BraneDrane' prototype. After the device was fitted all subjects underwent enf...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 16, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Richard P Grant Tags: theguardian.com Blogposts Science Source Type: news

Tox on the Web
“Krokodil” Hype: In a piece posted at Slate, Justin Peters cuts through the nonsense regarding just how fast use of “krokodil” is spreading in the U.S., and concludes there are much more important threats to worry about. Dangerous Bali High: The Irish Mirror reports that in the months of August and September of this year, 52 people have died of methanol poisoning after drinking tainted Arak — a local spirit — in Bali. This is an ongoing problem — TPR has reported on it before. The Power of Poison: In the New York Times, Edward Rothstein reviews th...
Source: The Poison Review - November 20, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical bali benzodiazepines desomorphine hepatic failure krokodil laundry pods liver disease methanol poisonin oxyelite tox on the web Source Type: news

Light and Dark; Fear of Flying: Caught On Camera – TV review
At the end of Jim Al-Khalili's Light and Dark I was as much in the dark as 90% of the universeScience documentaries are the gift that keeps on giving – to the film makers and the TV schedules – because there rapidly comes a point in every one when the subject matter becomes completely unintelligible to anyone without a physics degree. And, as anyone with a physics degree almost certainly doesn't bother to watch these programmes because they know it all already, the way is clear for everyone to make the same documentary over and over again without any viewer being any the wiser. The only trick req...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 19, 2013 Category: Science Authors: John Crace Tags: The Guardian Culture Television & radio Reviews Science amp; radio Source Type: news

Intranasal Midazolam Works for Seizure Emergencies in KidsIntranasal Midazolam Works for Seizure Emergencies in Kids
A review of published studies shows intranasal midazolam is as safe and effective as intravenously or rectally administered diazepam. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 5, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Concentrations of diazepam and nordiazepam in 1000 blood samples from apprehended drivers--therapeutic use or abuse of anxiolytics? - Jones AW, Holmgren A.
Using an in-house forensic toxicology database, we selected 1000 cases of driving under the influence of drugs (DUIDs) over a 12-month period if diazepam (D) and nordiazepam (ND) were both present in the blood samples. Quantitative analysis of D and ND in ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - August 31, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Psychiatrists: the drug pushers
Is the current epidemic of depression and hyperactivity the result of disease-mongering by the psychiatric profession and big pharma? Does psychiatry have any credibility left at all?A psychiatrist who once "treated" me used to recite this rueful little mantra: "They say failed doctors become psychiatrists, and that failed psychiatrists specialise in drugs." By drugs this psychiatrist meant drugs of addiction – and his "treatment" of me consisted of prescribing Temgesic, a synthetic opiate, as a substitute for the heroin I was more strongly inclined to take....
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 3, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Will Self Tags: The Guardian Mental health Culture Health, mind and body Society Books Drugs Features Science Source Type: news

The Benzodiazepines
Information about the benzodiazepine family of medications, generally used to treat anxiety and related conditions, including Valium, Librium, Xanax and several others. (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)
Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder - July 3, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Authors: bipolar.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Your Mother is a Valium
Emotionally as well as physically, there can be too much of a good thing. But is your partner meeting your unbridled excitement with a useful second opinion, or is he or she threatened to the point of invalidating your experience?read more (Source: Psychology Today Relationships Center)
Source: Psychology Today Relationships Center - June 25, 2013 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Suzanne Lachmann, Psy.D. Tags: Creativity Happiness Relationships Self-Help attachment ego threat marshmallow test self-regulation Source Type: news

Benzo Fury: prolonged paranoia and agitation after ingesting 6-APB
3.5 out of 5 stars Acute Psychosis Associated with Recreational Use of Benzofuran 6-(2-Aminopropyl)Benzofuran (6-APB) and Cannabis. Chan WL et al. J Med Toxicol 2013 Jun 4 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract   6-APB is a structural analogue of MDA that has characteristics of both phenethylamines and amphetamines. It is not yet scheduled or regulated in the United States. On June 10 2013, 6-APB was listed as a “Temporary Class Drug” in the United Kingdom, a move that outlawed its sale or import. 6-APB is available for purchase over the internet, often labelled as “Benzo Fury” and ...
Source: The Poison Review - June 16, 2013 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical 6-APB benzo fury designer drug legal high phenethylamine psychotropic Source Type: news

Valium / Diazepam Side Effects
Catalogue of side effects for the medication Valium - generic Diazepam - a benzodiazepine antianxiety medication sometimes prescribed in the treatment of bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. (Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder)
Source: About.com Bipolar Disorder - June 13, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Authors: bipolar.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Anti-Anxiety Medications
Antianxiety medications help to calm and relax the anxious person and remove the troubling symptoms. There are a number of antianxiety medications currently available. The preferred medications for most anxiety disorders are the benzodiazepines such as Valium, Xanax/Zanex, and Ativan. (Source: About.com Mental Health)
Source: About.com Mental Health - June 5, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Authors: mentalhealth.guide at about.com Tags: health Source Type: news

Mental Health Medications for Anxiety
Medications for anxiety benzodiazepines clonazepam Klonopin alprazolam Xanax diazepam Valium lorazepam Ativan buspirone buspar propranolol Inderal Inderide (Source: About.com Mental Health)
Source: About.com Mental Health - June 5, 2013 Category: Psychiatry Tags: health Source Type: news

Valium-like Compound Produced in Brain
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The brain produces a compound which has anti-epileptic effects similar to those in Valium, according to researchers at Stanford University. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)
Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com - June 3, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Brain Makes Its Own Version Of Valium
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that a naturally occurring protein secreted only in discrete areas of the mammalian brain may act as a Valium-like brake on certain types of epileptic seizures. The protein is known as diazepam binding inhibitor, or DBI. It calms the rhythms of a key brain circuit and so could prove valuable in developing novel, less side-effect-prone therapies not only for epilepsy but possibly for anxiety and sleep disorders, too. The researchers' discoveries were published in the journal Neuron... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Epilepsy Source Type: news

Why are women still considered more insane than men?
As Valium (still known as Mother's Little Helper) celebrates its 50th birthday, Prozac turns 25, and the 'Psychiatrist's Bible' is republished for the first time in 13 years, pharmaceutical companies are pinning the hopes for their brightest drugs on their female patients, reports Will Nicoll.     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - May 23, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news