According to Wikipedia, Benzodiazepines are a class of pharmaceutical in the “depressant” family that work in the central nervous system and are used for a variety of nervous and anxiety – related medical conditions. They act on specific receptors in the brain, called gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABA-A) receptors. Benzodiazepines attach to these receptors and make the nerves in the brain less sensitive to stimulation, which has a calming effect.

Benzodiazepines are depressants categorized as pharmaceutical drugs that are most commonly prescribed to treat various mental illnesses and conditions such as anxiety and tension. Anxiety, withdrawal symptoms, epileptic seizures and panic attacks are what benzodiazepines are aimed to assist when prescribed, among other issues. Benzos mainly are found in the form of pills and tablets to consume orally. However, some like the benzodiazepine called “Valium” may be given in an intravenous manner in the form of a liquid.

Commonly Known As: Benzo’s, downers, tranks, xanies, sticks, bars, benZ. Brand Names: Included in this group of depressants are the brand names: Valium, Klonopin, Ativan, Lorazapam, Halcion and Librium.

Long-term effects of Benzodiazepine Addiction

Addiction over the long-term can also cause: Although cognitive impairment and paradoxical effects such as aggression or behavioral disinhibition occasionally occur. A minority of people can have paradoxical reactions such as worsened agitation or panic. Benzodiazepines are also associated with increased risk of suicide.

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