Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs primarily used for treating anxiety, but they also are effective in treating multiple different conditions that require a sedative calming effect.
Benzos are a depressant that produces sedation and hypnosis-like effects to relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, as well as reduce seizures. Benzodiazepines appear to work by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain, chemicals that nerves release in order to communicate with other nearby nerves.
The neurotransmitter that is affected by benzodiazepines is gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is a neurotransmitter that suppresses the activity of nerves and produces a calming effect. Many medical professionals agree that overstimulation of nerves may be a contributing factor to anxiety and other psychological disorders.
Benzodiazepines reduce the activity of nerves in the brain and spinal cord by enhancing the effects of GABA, thus creating a calming effect. Benzodiazepines are a schedule IV substance which means they are not commonly abused but since they are so highly prescribed in the united states, they do have an abuse problem and there are severe withdrawal symptoms when Xanax is abused or misused.
The medication helps anxious people by reducing anxiety or by numbing it so it’s not as strong anymore. The problem with benzodiazepines occurs when the medication is misused or abused. Benzodiazepine abuse can form when these medications are misused recreationally over a period of time.
Benzodiazepines are addicting and hard to quit when you’ve been using them regularly. The FDA lists many benzos, such as Valium that come with warning signs of physical dependence after prolonged use even if taken correctly every day – which can lead someone who has fallen into this habit patterned thinking desperately seeking out their next fix.
Benzodiazepines have extensive and protracted withdrawal symptoms including seizures, sweating, restless leg syndrom, diarhea and extreme headaches.
Benzodiazepines are a very helpful and highly prescribed substance. If benzodiazepines are abused or taken for too long, they can have negative side effects and also be very difficult to stop taking. If you stop taking benzos, you may need a residential detox facility. As with any prescription medication, it’s best to consult with a doctor immediately. If you need help with benzo addiction, our admissions team is standing by 24/7.
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