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Different Types Of Benzodiazepine

Risks Of Benzodiazepines

What Are Benzodiazepines? A benzodiazepine, or benzo, is a class of drugs used to treat various conditions.  Conditions commonly treated with benzos include insomnia, anxiety, sleep disorders, and even alcohol withdrawal.  In addition, these substances act on the GABA receptors in the brain as they produce a very calming effect.  Unfortunately, benzo addiction can develop in as little as a month.  High-risk patients or those with unstable medical conditions or a significant seizure history may benefit from admission to an inpatient service for benzodiazepine detox or withdrawal.  [1] Gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA is a naturally occurring amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter in your brain.*** How Do Benzos Work? Benzodiazepines are only legally available through prescription. Many users maintain their drug supply by getting prescriptions from several doctors, forging prescriptions, or buying them illicitly. Alprazolam and clonazepam are the two most frequently encountered benzodiazepines on the illicit market. Benzodiazepines are controlled in Schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act. [2] Short-Term Risks Of Benzodiazepines Drowsiness Confusion Dizziness Trembling Impaired Coordination Vision Problems Grogginess Feelings of Depression Headache Risks Of Long-Term Benzodiazepine Use Possible Dementia Physical Dependence Overdose Benzodiazepine Dependence Benzodiazepine dependence is different from benzo addiction because addiction occurs only in some…