BENZODIAPEZINES Back

Medications

Diazepam, Clorazepate, lorazepam, klonopin, alprazolam and others.

Description

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs primarily used to treat anxiety.

Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions

Melatonin
Endogenous melatonin is depleted by benzodiazepines.

Calcium
These medications decrease calcium absorption by increasing metabolism of vitamin D, which is needed for calcium absorption.

Symptoms of Depletion

Calcium

  • Muscle cramps
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Brittle and soft bones
  • Insomnia
  • Leg and back pain

 

Melatonin

  • Bleeding disorders: Melatonin might make bleeding worse in people with bleeding disorders. 
  • Depression: Melatonin can make symptoms of depression worse.
  • Diabetes: Melatonin might increase blood sugar in people with diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar carefully, if you have diabetes and take melatonin.
  • High blood pressure: Melatonin can raise blood pressure in people who are taking certain medications to control blood pressure. Avoid using it.
  • Seizure disorders: Using melatonin might increase the risk of having a seizure.
  • Transplant recipients: Melatonin can increase immune function and might interfere with immunosuppressive therapy used by people receiving transplants. 

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTATION:

Calcium
Additional Supplementation

Melatonin

Dietary Supplements that have Potential for Interactions with Drug (or Drug Class)**

None

*Suggested supplements that may support overall health and are not at all intended to replace any prescription medications.

**These supplements listed may have the potential to interact with the drug or drug class. Use caution or avoid these supplements unless approved by your physician or preferred health care provider.