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Old 09-02-2005, 06:01 AM   #1
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Do Cigarettes Lessen the Affects of a Benzo?

Please don't flame me about cigarettes. I know. I was just wondering for those of you who do smoke, does it seems to lessen the affect of the benzo? Was just wondering if that causes my Xanax to not work as well sometimes. Thanks!

 
Old 09-02-2005, 07:27 AM   #2
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Re: Do Cigarettes Lessen the Affects of a Benzo?

Not that I have noticed!

 
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Old 09-02-2005, 07:42 AM   #3
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Re: Do Cigarettes Lessen the Affects of a Benzo?

At one point when I was taking Xanax I smoked and then I stopped smoking, I never noticed any difference at all.
But don't take my word for it, I could drink 6 pots of coffee and eat 50 Milky Ways and that never bothered me either.

 
Old 09-02-2005, 08:13 AM   #4
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I miss coffee and handfuls of peanut M&M's..haha! I think Your body gets use to the Xanax after awhile, and sometimes I think it may be working, but I think it isn't and that gets me all worked up!

 
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Re: Do Cigarettes Lessen the Affects of a Benzo?

Hi anxietysucks:

I used to smoke, so I can't criticize you about that. In my opinion, nicotine, being a stimulant, would make it more difficult for the benzo to do it's job. When I was still smoking, my anxiety got out of hand and I was smoking up to a pack a day. It was a vicious cycle of smoking to relax, then feeling more anxious after I smoked. I had tried the patch and hypnosis both, but nothing worked to help me quit. Finally, one day after a cigarette, I felt really awful and I knew it was the cigarette because I had felt great right before that. I never smoked again. It's been four years this weekend! Anyway, my anxiety level still goes up and down, but not nearly as bad as it did when I smoked. I hope you'll be able to quit someday too. Best wishes always.

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Old 09-02-2005, 12:12 PM   #6
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Re: Do Cigarettes Lessen the Affects of a Benzo?

No I do not believe this is possible. However, it may seem that way because smoking causes anxiety. So just like if you took a xanax and then drank a few cups of coffee...you may be counteracting by producing more anxiety..know what I mean???

 
Old 09-02-2005, 03:01 PM   #7
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Re: Do Cigarettes Lessen the Affects of a Benzo?

As far as affecting a benzo I'm not sure since I dont know much about benzo's. However I am writing this to inform you that it certainly could be possible. The reason I say this is because I know for a fact that nicotine, when mixed with other substances, can shorten the half life of those substances in your body. The big one I know of off hand is caffeine. The average half-life (time it takes half the amount of a substance to leave) of caffeine in the body of a non-smoker is on average 4-6 hours. I.E. after 6 hours a person who drank two cups of coffee will only have the equivalent of one cup in their system. In a smoker the half-life of caffiene is I believe 3-4 hours.

Their are other substances which nicotene affects similarily, but I dont know if benzo's are one. Like other people have said, nicotiene is a stimulant and benzo's are depressants so that's another reason why cigarettes probably would affect the benzo.

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Old 09-03-2005, 07:03 AM   #8
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WOW!! I was just reading some info on the drug I take, Klonopin, another benzo. And it DOES say that cigarette smoking can decrease its effect!!! I was so surprised!! I bet if it can for one benzo, it can for another!!!

 
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Re: Do Cigarettes Lessen the Affects of a Benzo?

oh wow really? that is interesting .........I smoke

 
Old 09-03-2005, 08:29 AM   #10
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Re: Do Cigarettes Lessen the Affects of a Benzo?

I dont anymore - quit several years ago..but I thought it was interesting. I never would have thought that to be true...aside from the fact that its a stimulant.

 
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