Mnemonics to remember Classification of Benzodiazepines

We have several super useful mnemonics to help you remember Benzodiazepines and their classification.

Short acting Benzodiazepines have half-life values less than  5 hours.

Remember the mnemonic ATOM for short acting Benzodiazepines.

Alprazolam
Triazolam
Oxazepam
Midazolam


Intermediate acting Benzodiazepines have half-life values from 5-24 hours.

Remember the mnemonic TLC for intermediate acting benzodiazepines. (Note TLC = Thin Layer Chromatography)

Temazepam
Lorazepam 
Clonazepam


Long acting Benzodiazepines have half-life values usually exceeding 24 hours. Drugs in this category have long-acting pharmacologically active metabolites (often desmethyldiazepam), accumulate extensively during multiple dosage, and may have impaired clearance in the elderly and those with liver disease. Remember the useful mnemonic CDDeF to remember the long acting benzodiazepines.

Clorazepate
Clordiazepoxide
Diazepam 
Flurazepam


Benzodiazepines not metabolized by the liver and safe to use in liver failure can be remembered using the mnemonic  OTL which stands for Out The Liver.

Oxazepam
Temazepam
Lorazepam

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