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Benzodiazepines or benzos are a class of perscription-only drugs that slow down the body and brain's functions. Benzodiazepines gamma increase the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), causing relaxation and sleepiness, and affecting reasoning, memory, emotions and basic bodily functions like breathing.[1][2]

Uses[edit | edit source]

Benzodiazepines are psychiatric drugs with many different users including:

List of benzodiazepines[edit | edit source]

Generic name Brand Notes
Alprazolam Niravam
Alprazolam Versed
Alprazolam Xanax, Xanax XR
Chlordiazepoxide Librium
Clonazepam Klonopin
Clorazepate Tranxene
Diazepam Valium
Diazepam Zetran
Estazolam Prosom
Flurazepam Dalmane
Lorazepam Ativan
Lorazepam Loreev XR
Midazolam Nayzilam
Midazolam Seizalam
Oxazepam Serax
Quazepam Doral
Remimazolam Byfavo
Temazepam Restoril
Triazolam Halcion [3]

Differences[edit | edit source]

  • Ultra-short acting - Midazolam (Versed), triazolam (Halcion)

Theory[edit | edit source]

Evidence[edit | edit source]

Clinicians[edit | edit source]

Risks and safety[edit | edit source]

Benzodiazepines carry a significant risk of addiction, including in patients without a history of substance use disorders.[2]

Costs and availability[edit | edit source]

Available on perscription only

See also[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Benzodiazepine Abuse". WebMD. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "What are benzodiazepines?". Mind. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  3. "List of Common Benzodiazepines + Uses & Side Effects". Retrieved March 10, 2022.

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