Benzodiazepine therapy can give rise to physiologic and psychologic dependence based on the drug's dosage, duration of therapy and potency. 1 Thus, dependence will develop sooner (such as in one to two months) in a patient who is taking a high dosage of a high-potency agent such as alprazolam than in a patient who is receiving a relatively low dosage of a long-acting, low-potency agent such as chlordiazepoxide. As a result of physiologic dependence, withdrawal symptoms emerge with rapid dose reduction or abrupt discontinuation of the drug.
I am a two-time survior of the devasting bacterial infection known as C-Diff. Since I am an otherwise completely healthy female (was 35 and 44 when I contracted), it was unexpected that the disease would nearly kill me – twice. I have taken liquid vancomycin for nearly nine months now, but it has not cured me. I had the good fortune of learning from my infectious disease doctor and obtaining an opinion from an expert at Johns Hopkins Hospital about my case, and both concurred that I should consider opting for a fecal transplant as vancomycin hasn’t cured me. Although the procedure is usually done at the hospital and is 90-95% effective (so I am told), my husband and I are doing the home-style version. A fecal transplant is done by taking the stole of a healthy, close family member, mixing it with saline solution in a blender, putting it through a seive, and “inplanting” the donor’s good bacteria via an enema bottle into your intestines via your rectum. Although it was quite disgusting the first day, it gets easier. I noticed a dramatic improvement within 12 hours. Anyone having gone through a severe case of C-Diff knows that the fecal transplant procedure is not nearly as tramatic and painful as living with this infection. Quite frankly, the fecal transplant may save my life.