Which of the benzodiazepines is the most potent. How do there compare to one another in terms of dosages and side effects?
Rach1985 - I think that Xanax is the most potent of the ones out there. It gets into your bloodstream faster than any of them, IMO. The second most potent is Valium, which os a little slower acting, and has a bit of a longer half life so it stays in your body longer and you don't need to take it as often. Both of these drugs are easy to become dependent on, so be careful cause you build up a tolerance fast, and start to need them like every day, several times a day or you suffer withdrawals. Stay with low doses. Minimal is best with these. A safer bet is Klonopin. Its long acting, and has less of an addictice tendency than do the others. Its fairly effective as well.
Avgconsum - Just some info about benzodiazepines for you---I was continually getting sicker and sicker over the course of years taking this drug and doctors could not connect the dots- they did not realize I was in tolerance withdrawal which can happen after you have been taking this drug for more than two weeks consecutively. I now know that this drug supresses the HPA Axis (which inturn affects your hormone levels), affects the following neurotransmitters either directly or indirectly: GABA, Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepinephrine, and Acetycholine- increases Glutamate levels, blunts CRH in the brain. If you look up 'Benzodiazepine Dependence' in Wikipedia you can read more about it. Another good resource is Pubmed. You may want to go to Benzobuddies.org to find out more information. I was taken off this drug too quickly and was plunged into a physical and mental hell that is litterally indescribable. It has been 19 months since my last dose and I still suffer numerous protracted withdrawal symptoms. Doctors iatrogenically addict patients to this drug then have no idea the withdrawal syndrome even exists past 30 days- and therefore disregard any ongoing complaints from their patients. The United Kingdom is aware of this problem and is the only country actively working on changing the prescribing laws. The Ashton Manual (which you can read on-line if you do a search) is a helpful tool which you can print out and bring to your doctor. It provides clinical informationon the withdrawal and tapering schedules. The Parliament in the UK is using this manual as a guide.