Benzodiazepines (Benzodiazepine Drug Class)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What are benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are man-made medications that cause mild to severe depression of the nerves within the brain (central nervous system) and sedation (drowsiness).

What are the uses for benzodiazepines?

Adult men and women use benzodiazepines to treat:

Other uses for benzodiazepines

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.

List of examples of generic and brand names for benzodiazepines available in the US

Examples of oral benzodiazepines are:

Side effects of benzodiazepine drugs

Common side effects of benzodiazepines are:

Serious side effects of benzodiazepines include:

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