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Benzodiazepines (Benzos) Addiction Explained

addictedBenzodiazepines, known as tranquilizers, are used to treat anxiety, seizures/convulsions, insomnia and other psychological problems. They are also used for muscle relaxation, anti-convulsants, sedation prior to surgery, amnesia, nausea and vomiting, panic attacks and depression. Benzodiazepines (Benzos) primarily act on the central nervous system to lower anxiety levels.


Only 15 out of 2000 benzodiazepines are FDA-approved in the US. With its widespread availability and using the drug without prescription makes benzos the most common drug abused.


Common symptoms of Benzo abuse are:


  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coma
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Anorexia
  • Headaches
  • Weakness


And some of the adverse effects from low to high doses of the drug are:


  • Impaired motor coordination
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired thinking and memory
  • Vertigo
  • Tremors
  • Respiratory depression
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Mood swings
  • Hostile and erratic behavior


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