What are benzodiazepines used for?

What are benzodiazepines used for?

Benzodiazepines are a class of medications that work in the central nervous system and are used for a variety of medical conditions. As a class, benzodiazepines are similar in how they work in the brain but have different potencies, durations of actions, and receptor site affinities. Because of this, some benzodiazepines work better than others in the treatment of particular conditions.

Benzodiazepine Uses:

  • Sedative-hypnotics for sleep
  • Adjuncts to anesthesia to induce relaxation and amnesia (procedural memory loss)
  • To reduce anxiety (anxiolytic)
  • Panic disorders
  • To treat or prevent seizures
  • For alcohol withdrawal
  • Muscle relaxant

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