Benzodiazepines

Differences In Benzodiazepines


Benzodiazepines all have similar properties, but some are better than others for treating certain conditions, and some are more potent. Some start to work faster than others, while the effects of some last longer than others once they start working.

Certain benzodiazepines are better for treating anxiety, others are better for treating sleep disturbances, while others might be more appropriate to treat other conditions.

A list of some benzodiazepines and their most common uses can be found here. Information about the relative potency of some of the more commonly available benzodiazepines can be found here.


How Long They Take To Work

Some benzodiazepines work in about 30 minutes, they include:
--- clorazepate (tranxene)
--- diazepam (valium)
--- flunitrazepam (rohypnol)

Most benzodiazepines will usually work in about 45-75 minutes, they include:
--- alprazolam (xanax)
--- chlordiazepoxide (librium)
--- clonazepam (klonopin)
--- estazolam (prosom)
--- flurazepam (dalmane)
--- halazepam (paxipam)
--- lorazepam (ativan)
--- lormetazepam (noctamid)
--- nimetazepam (erimin)
--- quazepam (doral)
--- triazolam (halcion)

Some benzodiazepines can take 60-90 minutes to work, they include:
--- oxazepam (serax)
--- temazepam (restoril)


How Long Do The effects Last

With some benzodiazepines, peak effects wear off quicker when compared to other benzodiazepines, they include:
--- triazolam (halcion) ≅ 1 to 2 hours.

With most benzodiazepines, peak effects wear off in about 4 to 6 hours, they include:
--- alprazolam (xanax) ≅ 3 to 4 hours.
--- chlordiazepoxide (librium) ≅ 4 to 6 hours.
--- diazepam (valium) ≅ 4 to 6 hours.
--- estazolam (prosom) ≅ 4 to 8 hours.
--- flunitrazepam (rohypnol) ≅ 4 to 8 hours.
--- flurazepam (dalmane) ≅ 4 to 6 hours.
--- lorazepam (ativan) ≅ 4 to 6 hours.
--- oxazepam (serax) ≅ 4 to 6 hours.
--- temazepam (restoril) ≅ 4 to 6 hours.

With some benzodiazepines, the peak effects can last a bit longer when compared to other benzodiazepines, they include:
--- clonazepam (klonopin) ≅ 6 to 8 hours.
--- clorazepate (tranxene) ≅ 6 to 8 hours.