Benzodiazepine, commonly known as ‘benzos’, are prescription drugs that are prescribed for a variety of medical and health issues. Although they can be a short-term solution to anxiety, insomnia and other issues, they also have several side effects and risks that vary from person to person.

Not all potential effects are short term such as hostility, blurred vision, headaches and diarrhea. You could experience lasting effects on memory, learning and thought processing, and more. The list of risks associated with benzodiazepine addiction goes on and on. Mixing benzodiazepine with other pain killers or alcohol is extremely dangerous and increases the risk of overdose.

Being a depressant, the drug directly affects the Central Nervous System. This can cause a feeling of sedation, muscle relaxation, impaired motor skills and brain function, and more. Overdose is very dangerous and can lead to irregular heart rate, difficulty breathing, unconsciousness or death.

Benzodiazepine is highly addictive and consistent use can lead to addiction, some people develop that dependence after only a few weeks. Whether someone has a legitimate prescription, or is using recreationally, there is serious risk of addiction and problems. However, stopping use abruptly can cause problems and shouldn’t be attempted without medical supervision. If you or a loved one is struggling with dependence, you need to get help right away.

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