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Benzodiazepines (cont.)

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What formulations of benzodiazepines are available?

All oral benzodiazepines are available in tablet forms.

  • alprazolam and clorazepate are available as extended-release tablets.
  • alprazolam, clobazam, diazepam, and lorazepam are available in oral liquid form.
  • alprazolam and clonazepam are available in orally dissolving tablets.
  • chlordiazepoxide, oxazepam, and temazepam are available in capsule form.

What about taking benzodiazepines during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

The FDA classifies benzodiazepines as pregnancy category D, which means that benzodiazepines can potentially cause fetal harm if administered to pregnant women. If benzodiazepines have to be used in pregnant women or if the patient may become pregnant while taking benzodiazepines, the patients must be informed of potential risks to the fetus. Benzodiazepines enter breast milk and can cause lethargy and weight loss in the newborn. Therefore, they should not be used in nursing mothers.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/10/2014


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