Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines

WHAT ARE THEY?

 

Benzodiazepines (Benzos), are a class of drugs prescribed by doctors to treat conditions, like anxiety and seizures.

Benzodiazepines include:

  • diazepam (Valium®).

  • alprazolam (Xanax®)

  • clonazepam (Clonipin®

They:

  • are fast-acting

  • are addictive like opioids

  • a tolerance or dependence can develop quickly 

Side effects include:

  • drowsiness

  • confusion

  • depression

SIGNS SOMEONE IS MISUSING:

  • changes in mood

  • behavior changes

  • speech may be slurred

  • coordination may be impaired

  • disorientation

  • may also seem tired and lethargic

HOW THEY ARE TAKEN:

  • prescription benzodiazepines are most often taken in pill form

  • when prescribed by a doctor, they can be used properly 

 

 Prescription benzodiazepines can be misused if:

  • taken at higher doses

  • taken more often than prescribed

  • taken without a prescription

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What they do:

  • Benzodiazepines calm stress.

  • Help overly excited brain to become more calm and tranquil.

  • They are fast-acting and addictive like opioids.

  • A tolerance or dependence can happen quickly.