Benzodiazepines, sometimes called “benzos”, are a class of psychoactive drugs whose corechemical structure is the fusion of a benzene ring and a diazepine ring
What you should know about Benzos!
- – Benzodiazepines are a sedative
- – They are used to treat symptoms such as anxiety.
- – You may get side effects from taking this kind of medication. Talk to your doctor if you are worried about side effects.
- – Benzodiazepines are addictive. You should not take them for longer than one month.
- – You may get withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking benzodiazepines. Talk to you doctor before stopping medication.
Questions asked by patients
- – What are benzodiazepines, and how do they work?
- – For what conditions are benzodiazepines used?
- – Are there differences between benzodiazepines?
- – What are the side effects of benzodiazepines?
- – With which drugs do benzodiazepines interact?
- – What are some examples of benzodiazepines?
- – What are the dangers of benzodiazepine addiction?
- – What are the dangers of benzodiazepine withdrawal?
Benzodiazepines are most commonly used for certain conditions like...
- – Alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), chlorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), and midazolam are used for anxiety disorders.
- – Clonazepam (Klonopin), clorazepate (Tranxene), lorazepam (Ativan), clobazam (Onfi), and diazepam (Valium) are used for seizure disorders.
- – Estazolam (Prosom), flurazepam (Dalmane), quazepam (Doral), temazepam (Restoril), and triazolam (Halcion) are used for insomnia or trouble sleeping.
- – Midazolam (Versed), lorazepam (Ativan), and diazepam (Valium) are used in anesthesia.
- – Diazepam (Valium) also is used for muscle relaxation.
- – Chlordiazepoxide (Librium) is used for alcohol withdrawal.
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