Because of the nature of benzodiazepines like Tranxene, addiction is a very real possibility in people taking the drug. This is especially true in those who have been taking it at higher doses or for a long time. If the medication is stopped suddenly, serious withdrawal symptoms can occur. Therefore, it is best to treat Tranxene addiction under close medical supervision.
Tranxene Addiction: An OverviewTranxene® (clorazepate dipotassium) is a prescription medication used to treat several conditions, including anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and partial seizures (a certain type of epileptic seizure). It is part of a group of medications called benzodiazepines. Just as with other benzodiazepines, there is the possibility of becoming addicted to Tranxene. Addiction, or "dependence," is when a person feels like he or she needs to continue to take a medicine even when no medical need is present.
Tranxene addiction is more likely if the medicine has been taken daily for a longer period of time or at higher doses. It is also more likely in people with a history of alcohol or drug addiction.
Understanding CNS DepressantsCentral nervous system depressants (CNS depressants), sometimes referred to as sedatives and tranquilizers, are substances that can slow down normal brain function. Because of this property, some CNS depressants are useful in the treatment of anxiety and sleep disorders. Benzodiazepines are one example of CNS depressants. Beside Tranxene, some of the more commonly used benzodiazepines include:
- Alprazolam (Xanax®, Xanax XR®)
- Chlordiazepoxide (Librax®, Librium®, Limbitrol®)
- Clonazepam (Klonopin®)
- Lorazepam (Ativan®)
- Midazolam (Versed®)
- Temazepam (Restoril®)
- Triazolam (Halcion®).
Another class of CNS depressant medicines is barbiturates, such as mephobarbital (Mebaral®), pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal®), and phenobarbital (Luminal®).