benzodiazepines

Warning: chemistry lesson inside. Chemophobes, naturopaths, and the art history majors at NRDC may leave now. OK. Now, let's get started.

Versed may very well be the second coolest drug out there. It might have even had a shot at being #1, but we chemists (like wine connoisseurs) can be pretty snooty too. According to my highly refined (and snooty) palate, the prize for the coolest drug goes to propofol - hands down (See: Your Next Colonoscopy May Be More Fun Than Golf). 

But one should not dismiss the awesomeness of Versed (generic name midazolam) simple because propofol eats its lunch. It's still pretty great stuff. Once that bad boy hits your blood - life is good and you...

755990_25381750Benzodiazepines are drugs that are commonly prescribed to combat anxiety, or as sedatives and muscle relaxants. They include Xanax, Librium, Valium, and Halcion, and several others. We ve known the up-and-downsides of such drugs for many years, as well as their addictive tendencies. But a new study provides concern that we might need to add another risk to that list.

The investigators, led by Dr. Bernard Begaud of the University of Bordeaux, France, performed a case-control study seeking evidence of a possible...