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Health - Benzodiazepines and appetite increase

Discussion in 'Benzodiazepines' started by testodan, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. testodan

    testodan Silver Member

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    Have SWIY ever experienced appetite increase from benzo consumption?(alone without combining with anything else)If yes from which benzo.
    Swim finds Xanax giviving him a little increase in appetite whilst klonopin the opposite and zopiclone as well,but let us discuss about pure benzos like Xanax,flunitrazepam etc.
     
  2. Laudaphun

    Laudaphun Gold Member

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    Re: Benzos and appettite increase

    SWIM is prescribed temezapam 30mg for sleep... and finds that he always wakes up in the middle of the night and consumes a small feast. SWIM doesn't remember this with any other benzos.... although another factor to consider is that SWIM will make sure his stomach is empty when he has to a temezapam, to ensure speedy absorption. SWIM takes suboxone everyday, but no other drugs.
     
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    testodan Silver Member

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    Re: Benzos and appettite increase

    So is a chance that your empty stomach drives you to eat but not for sure,it can be the Tamazepam though.
     
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    testodan Silver Member

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    Re: Benzos and appettite increase

    Anyone else?
     
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    Re: Benzos and appettite increase

    SWIM is 100% sure that the temezapam gives him the munchies, he just doesn't know to what extent having an empty stomach may enhance this. SWIM has an empty stomach many times when he does not take temazepam and this might cause him to eat, but not eat 3 times what he normally would (at strange hours of the day SWIM might add like the temaz causes).
     
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    testodan Silver Member

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    Re: Benzos and appettite increase

    Have you noticed munchies form othr benzos?
     
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    If anyone is still wondering, I have a huge increase in appetite with both Temazepam and Xanax. I've heard the same from two other people, and benzo use is extremely rare in my social circles. From personal experience, I can only conclude that the munchies are a fairly common side effect of popping benzos.
     
  8. JJ1234

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    I get severe munchies from Xanax. If I over do it sometimes I will sleep walk/black out and wake up with the fridge door open and peanut butter smeared all over the cupboards:s. At normal doses(1-2mg) it gives me non black out munchies similar to marijuana or even better comparison would bee the alcohol munchies.

    BTW this holds true to some extent at least with all benzos tried.This includes Clonazepam, Temazepam,
    Diazepam(Valium), Alprazolam(Xanax), and Phenazepam. Also with etizolam, Carisoprodol(Soma), alcohol, Quetiapine(Seroquel), and GHB. So pretty much any downer for me causes this. I have been known to black out eat on all of the above without any help from another drug at high enough doses. Maybe one exception is Carisoprodol and that still gives me the munchies none the less.

    So no you are not alone:).

    Edit: Oh yeah after reading the post below I will add Zolpidem(Ambien) and Eszopiclone(Lunesta) to the list.
     
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  9. Horned Demon-Monkey

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    Alprazolam (Xanax) indeed increases appetite quite a lot. Then again, some people lose appetite while being anxious: so it may be partly from the anxiolytic effect. The appetite increase seems to be consistent with tolerance as lower doses won't produce such effect if one has high(er) tolerance.

    Not sure about other benzodiazepines as experience with them is very limited.

    Also, while not benzodiazepines, Quetiapine (Seroquel, Ketipinor) and Zolpidem (Ambien) seem to have similar effects.


    Edit:
    I found an interesting study on this topic (more specifically regarding alprazolam) from our archives:
    M. Haney, S.D. Comer, M.W. Fischman, R.W. Foltin (1997) " Alprazolam increases food intake in humans ". Psychopharmacology (1997) 132 : 311–314

    Abstract
     
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  10. joeshadow

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    I get munchies on many benzos when used sporadically or for one or two days maximum, after that they seem to go away. It also appears to be most prominent on xanax. Its strange, because I hardly ever get the drunk munchies but I will with benzos that is for sure. This is a pretty common effect though, I have seen it lots of time. I remember being in high school and college and eating benzos with friends would always lead to them ending up to a pack of us walking to a restaurant.. good times. We must have looked like such a group of goofballs.

    Its not as bad as Seroquel though... I used to take a small dose for sleep and would almost always need to go get some type of food. Usually either sweets or something like crackers. I have a fast metabolism, so thankfully this isn't as much of a problem.