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Breggin/benzos, a good read:


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http://www.benzo.org.uk/breggin.htm

 

'Antianxiety benzodiazepines have been reported to release bizarre uninhibited behavior in some users with low levels of anxiety; hostility and rage may occur in others.'  I guess one could call that paradoxical ?

 

'Rall believed that the incidence of such paradoxical reactions is extremely small. Whether or not that is true, they are extremely hazardous. They are more common in regard to the short-acting benzodiazepines'

 

I guess that's mostly about benzos that act at the alpha2 and 3 subunit of the GABAA receptor.

 

My own experiences: while 'bizarre' behavior is not exactly a common experience of mine (nor is 'rage'), clonazepam has sleep blocking properties. I did try oxazepam, mostly an anti-anxiety drug, also used for alcohol withdrawal.

Of both, the 'peak' has sleep blocking properties. As a note that probably doesn't belong in this section, I wonder if not all anti-anxiety benzos are likely to cause insomnia and if such a switch would not be more trouble ... Lorazepam was terrible for sleep at lower doses and after the sedation had worn off, diazepam did work up to a point while clonazepam was still in the body.

I just have a vague 'memory' of a single dose of diazepam causing the inability to sleep for a full night, a very long time ago.

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