What are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are depressants categorized as pharmaceutical drugs that are most commonly prescribed to treat various mental illnesses and conditions such as anxiety and tension. Anxiety, withdrawal symptoms, epileptic seizures and panic attacks are what benzodiazepines are aimed to assist when prescribed, among other issues. Benzos mainly are found in the form of pills and tablets to consume orally. However, some like the benzodiazepine called “Valium” may be given in an intravenous manner in the form of a liquid.

Examples of Benzodiazepines include:

  • Valium
  • Klonopin
  • Ativan
  • Halcion
  • Librium

Risks of Benzodiazepine Abuse

Abuse of benzodiazepines in the United States has become so dangerous that the state of New York has mandated a no-refill restriction after only one 30-day prescription. Using benzodiazepines for just a few weeks can lead to a person developing dependence for them, which often leads to an addiction. Memory problems, shortened attention span, depression, mood swings and learning difficulties are only several of the many side effects of benzodiazepine abuse. The most dangerous is the slowing of the heart to unsafe levels which may lead to death.


 

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