Benzodiazepines (cont.)

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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

What are the side effects of benzodiazepines?

Common side effects of benzodiazepines are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/18/2015

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