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What Is Ketazolam?

Mary McMahon
Updated May 17, 2024
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Ketazolam is a benzodiazepine derivative that can be used to manage anxiety. Like other benzodiazepines, it is most suitable for short term use to manage temporary symptoms, as patients can develop dependence and side effects if they remain on the drug for an extended period of time. Availability of this medication varies considerably by region. In some areas regulators have approved it for sale, while in others it may not be an option, although other benzodiazepines can be considered for anxiety treatment.

This medication has sedating effects and tends to relax the muscles. Patients can start on a low dose to determine if it controls their anxiety and helps them feel calmer. It can be tapered up if necessary if the patient doesn’t respond on the lower dose, with the goal of finding a balance point between an effective dosage and one that starts to cause side effects. When the patient is ready to stop taking ketazolam, the medication needs to be slowly tapered back down to allow the body to adjust.

Common ketazolam side effects can include drowsiness, dizziness, and fatigue. Patients may develop unexpected reactions like increased anxiety and aggression, indicating a poor tolerance for the medication. Side effects are less common for this medication than others in the same family, which can make it an appealing alternative when it is available. Older adults can be at risk of serious side effects like cognitive impairments that may cause poor balance, memory problems, and trouble speaking clearly. Dosage adjustments can reduce the risk of such responses, and patients may be monitored carefully so these reactions can be caught early.

In addition to taking ketazolam, a patient may be advised to take other steps. These can include exploring medications suited for long-term use, like antidepressants that can also help manage anxiety. Options like diet and exercise modifications, therapy, and meditation can help some patients with situational anxiety that may resolve by addressing the specific issues that are causing stress. Some patients may need to continue pharmacological therapy for life to manage persistent anxiety associated with underlying mental health conditions.

One concern with benzodiazepine medications is the formation of drug dependence over time. Some medications can cause problems with as little as two weeks of treatment, illustrating their potency. Quitting ketazolam or related medications without any preparation can put the patient at risk of withdrawal symptoms which may cause discomfort. A doctor can supervise the process of slowly withdrawing the medication in steps to prevent severe side effects.

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Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a WiseGeek researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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