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.
Intermediate acting Benzodiazepines have half-life values from 5-24 hours.
Remember the mnemonic TLC for intermediate acting benzodiazepines. (Note TLC = Thin Layer Chromatography)
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.
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.
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