Benzodiazepines (Oral)

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What are benzodiazepines and for what conditions are they prescribed?

Benzodiazepines are man-made medications that cause mild to severe depression of the nerves within the brain (central nervous system) and sedation (drowsiness). Adult men and women use benzodiazepines to treat:

Benzodiazepines also are used for sedation during surgery.

Benzodiazepine medications are habit forming and can lead to dependence (addiction). Long-term use also can lead to tolerance, which means that lower doses will become ineffective and patients will need higher doses. Benzodiazepines are abused to get 'high' due to their effects on the brain.

What are examples of benzodiazepines available in the US?

Examples of oral benzodiazepines are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/29/2016

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