Benzodiazepine

 

Benzodiazepine are classified as depressant medications. Typically, these drugs are prescribed by a doctor to help treat anxiety, convulsions, and insomnia. Benzodiazepine is an addictive forming medication, therefore, it is important to take them as prescribed and to follow up with your doctor regularly. Some commonly prescribed benzodiazepines include:

 

  • Valium

  • Xanax

  • Ativan

  • Librium

  • Klonopin

What are the signs and symptoms?

 

It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of benzodiazepine abuse and misuse. In most cases, this can include risky, unusual, or erratic behavioral changes. Some examples are:

 

  • Hiding pills

  • Losing a job

  • Isolation

  • Switching primary care physicians often 

  • Not following the prescription/Taking more than what is prescribed at one time

  • Stealing from loved ones and/or work

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What are the Short-Term Effects of Benzodiazepine?

 

Knowing the short-term effect of benzodiazepine abuse or misuse is important when trying to help a loved one. Here are some of the short-term effects associated with benzodiazepine abuse:

 

  • Weakness

  • Blurred vision

  • Drowsiness

  • Poor judgment/thinking

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

  • Dizziness 

  • Vertigo

  • Forgetful

What are the Long-Term Consequences of Benzodiazepine Abuse?

 

Abusing benzodiazepines for a prolonged period of time may cause additional, more serious, side effects. These can include:

 

  • Anorexia

  • Insomnia

  • Tremors

  • Headaches

  • Memory Issues

If you or a loved one is believed to be suffering from Benzodiazepine abuse or other addictions, please reach out to Sobriety Now for a consultation:  267-704 -9669

Sources:

  1. Americain Addiction Centers (Benzodiazepine Addiction: Symptoms and Signs)​

  2. The Recovery Village (Benzodiazepine Abuse Signs, Symptoms, & Side Effects)