The natural history of tolerance to the benzodiazepines.

  title={The natural history of tolerance to the benzodiazepines.},
  author={Anna Higgitt and Peter Fonagy and M. H. Lader},
  journal={Psychological medicine. Monograph supplement},
Dependence on benzodiazepines following continued use is by now a well-documented clinical phenomenon. Benzodiazepines differ in their dependence potential. The present studies were aimed at examining the possibility that differential rates of tolerance development might account for differences in dependence risk. Four studies are reported. The first three studies concerned normal subjects. The development of tolerance over a fifteen day period was demonstrated for three different… 

Lack of effect of a small dose of flumazenil in reversing short-term tolerance to benzodiazepines in normal subjects

The benzodiazepines had the expected effects on the EEG, and event-related potentials (ERP), impaired several psychological tests and induced drowsiness and relaxation and some tolerance was seen with respect to anxiolytic effects, some EEG and ERP variables and some psychological tests, but not those of memory.

Benzodiazepines revisited--will we ever learn?

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A series of adverse effects that continued to cause concern were noted, such as cognitive and psychomotor impairment, and dependence and abuse remain as serious problems despite warnings and guidelines.

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It was concluded that PWS is likely to be a genuine iatrogenic condition, a complication of long‐term benzodiazepine treatment.

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A review is given of the pharmacokinetics of the major benzodiazepines presently available and suggests that compounds with long elimination half-lives of parent drug or active metabolites are of advantage in anticonvulsant and anti-anxiety treatment.

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  • Psychology, Medicine
    The Journal of pharmacology and experimental therapeutics
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This animal model appears to provide a useful tool for the study of specific mechanisms underlying benzodiazepine tolerance and physical dependence, and the criterion of chronic equivalence was indeed met.

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It is concluded that the same underlying mechanism mediates the rebound phenomena and tolerance seen after short-term or acute benzodiazepine administration, and also that tolerance is simply another manifestation of this same mechanism.

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