Beware of the Anxiety Drug – Benzodiazepine

What are Benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are highly addictive medications that are made available, by prescription only, to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks and moderate to severe stress. This drug is often used for short-term relief of severe, disabling anxiety or insomnia. Benzodiazepines are some of the most commonly addicted substances, due to the fact of how commonly prescribed they are. Unlike street drugs such as heroin or cocaine, this drug may be found in the medicine cabinets of millions of regular Americans. Benzodiazepines are a class of several prescription medications that are commonly known as tranquilizers which are central nervous system depressants.

Other Common Benzodiazepines

Check your medicine cabinet. I’m sure you’ll also find these in your cabinet. These will include alprazolam, Chlordiazepoxide, Chlorazepate, Diazepam, Halazepam, Lorazepam, Oxazepam, Prozepam, Guazepam, Clonazepam, Diazepam and Clorazepate.

Side Effects

Beware of the side effects. The effects of the drug occur early in treatment and disappears as treatment continues. The drug can impair your ability to learn and remember new information, as well as interfere with the ability to perform certain physical and mental tasks. Learning memory and performance will return to normal, in most cases, once the effect of the drug has worn off. The most frequent side effects in clinical trials were sedation, dizziness, weakness and unsteadiness. Less frequent side effects include disorientation, depression, nausea, change in appetite, headache, sleep disturbance, agitation and skin reactions.

People Who Should be Particularly Careful

People who should be particularly careful around Benzodiazepines include the elderly, pregnant women and those with a history of substance abuse. For the elderly, the sedative levels of tranquilizers can increase the likelihood of falls and injury.