Benzodiazepine Sleep Medication

Benzodiazepine Sleep Medication

Benzodiazepines, commonly known as “benzos,” are a class of psychoactive drugs used for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks and muscle spasms among other conditions. There are fifteen different benzodiazepines distributed in the US at present. Some of the most commonly used benzodiazepine brand names include: Alprazolam (Xanax®), Chlordiazepoxide (Limbitrol®), Diazepam (Valium®), Lorazepam (Ativan®) and Triazolam (Hativanalcion®). Benzodiazepines are one of the most prescribed medications in the U.S and have a high potential of being abused due to their sedating effects. A person may even become dependent on these drugs while using them as a prescription medication. The intentional use of these drugs for recreation has also become very common over the years. The effects of abusing benzodiazepines include drowsiness, sedation, sleepiness, blurred vision, and disturbing dreams. Longtime illicit use can quickly turn into tolerance and addiction.

Benzodiazepine Sleep Medication

Benzodiazepines Affect on Abilities

When used with other drugs, benzodiazepines can cause coma or even death. A study conducted in 2005 concluded that the prolonged use of benzodiazepines, even in a legal way, can vastly affect a person’s cognitive abilities and capacity to absorb new information. Speed of thought is also affected. Use of benzodiazepines in pregnant women can affect the baby’s growth and may result in a condition where the baby is not able to physically develop properly. Withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepines can range from anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritability, agitation, paresthesia and vision problems. In some cases, a person may experience fits and psychosis after benzodiazepines withdrawal.

  • Candy: Benzodiazepines brand names such as Xanax and Valium, which are prescription drugs used for treating insomnia, are commonly abused. The tablets of these drugs usually come in colors, which resemble candies. Thus, the street name candy or candy bars was coined.
  • Downers: Benzodiazepine drugs can induce a feeling of sleep or drowsiness in a person. Therefore, “downers” has been used as a street slang to refer to these Benzodiazepines brand name pills.
  • Sleeping Pills: Benzodiazepines are mainly used as sleeping pills, hence the slang “sleeping pills”.
  • Tranks: This is another street slang term used for benzodiazepines, which belong to the class of drugs called Tranquilizers."

IntoTreatment is aware of the dangers of this medication/drug. It is easy to get addicted without realizing you have a problem. If you feel like you are becoming dependent on this drug, please call us right away.

Benzodiazepines Effect on Abilities
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