Frequently Asked Questions About Benzodiazepines

What Are They?

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs primarily used for treating anxiety, but they also are effective in treating several other conditions.

They work by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain, chemicals that nerves release in order to communicate with other nearby nerves. One of these neurotransmitters is gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that suppresses the activity of nerves. It is the believed that anxiety is caused by excessive activity in the nerves, these chemicals work to reduce that activity. 

Common Names

Benzodiazepines are available under the following different brand names: Diazepam (Valium), clorazepate (Tranxene), oxazepam (Serax), lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), midazolam (Versed), triazolam (Halcion), estazolam (Prosom), or temazepam (Restoril)

Side Effects

The most common side effects associated with benzodiazepines are:

Other side effects can include:

  • transient drowsiness

  • a feeling of depression

  • loss of orientation

  • headache

  • sleep disturbance

  • confusion

  • irritability

  • aggression


Most addicts require rehabilitation, and in some cases aftercare when they finish rehab. Treatment can consist of going to a hospital or rehab center for therapy and other treatments while living at home and resuming normal daily activities. Outpatient treatment can help you readjust to daily life and support you in your life goals, including staying sober.

If you or someone you know may be experiencing addiction or dependency please contact a medical professional

Please Note

All drugs including benzodiazepines will affect each person differently depending on the persons characteristics (such as physical size, gender, mood, diet, fitness, age, expectations and health), the drug itself (such as the amount used and its purity), and how it is taken and the environment a person is in when using the drug

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