What You Need to Know About Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines, or “Benzos” act as sedatives and muscle relaxants. When prescribed correctly, they are effective in treating insomnia, anxiety, seizures and alcohol withdrawal. Some popular examples of benzos are alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), clonazepam (Klonopin) and lorazepam (Ativan).

Why are Benzodiazepines dangerous?

Unfortunately, Benzos are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs, and this abuse can lead to addiction. Like many prescription drugs, Benzos are generally viewed as safe and effective for short-term use. However, when misused, Benzos can severely impair judgment and increase panic and anxiety. Overuse of Benzos can also lead to poor physical and mental health.

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