Benzodiazepine medicines are used to relieve anxiety, induce
sleep, relax muscles, and relieve muscle spasms or seizures. Benzodiazepines
work by slowing down the central nervous system.
Benzodiazepines can be habit-forming and are sometimes used
illegally. Frequent or high-dosage use of benzodiazepines can lead to abnormal
behavior (such as aggression and hostility) and to dependence on the
Common benzodiazepine medicines include alprazolam (Xanax),
chlordiazepoxide (Librium), diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), and oxazepam
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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