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
Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines side effects

Benzodiazepines side effects

There are a couple of main Benzos out there, which we will discuss on an other part of this blog: Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin.

All these benzodiazepines have their own particular side effects, however generally speaking below you will find the main side effects from Benzodiazepine medications.

As most of the medications from the anti-anxiety (Benzodiazepine) category they can cause:

dizziness
weakness
headache
blurred vision
fatigue
depression
sleep disruption
sedation
dizziness
unsteadiness,

 

Like all benzodiazepines above they can cause physical dependence as well.

Anxiety Medications
Anxiety Medications