Posted by yxibow on January 21, 2006, at 3:56:57
In reply to Re: Keppra for benzo taper and/or mood stabilizer... ? » cache-monkey, posted by ed_uk on January 19, 2006, at 14:25:35
>I thought your doc might be more comfortable with it. Valium seems to have aquired a particularly bad reputation in the US. Silly really.
Especially since Valium has a long half life.
> I think you'd find them similarly effective for tapering. Valium is the 'traditional' drug for doing benzo tapers in the UK, but probably not in the US. Librium is the 'traditional' drug for treating alcohol withdrawal symptoms, probably because of its (apparantly) lower 'street value'.
And being the first benzodiazepine, not as targeted as its followers and a weaker agent.
> Keppra is very 'experimental' in psychiatry. There's no good evidence that it's actually effective in treating any psychiatric disorder. It's only really established as an antiepileptic. I'm not saying that it doesn't work, just that it's unproven.
And from what I've heard worsens psychosis. Or at least from what my psychopharmacologist has seen in his patients. Always looking for the next one :/...