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Benzodiazepines (BZD, BZs, “Benzos”) are a class of psychoactive drugs used for their anticonvulsant and sedative properties.

These drugs may also be referred to as tranquillizers or mild tranquilizers, as they act on the central nervous system to relax muscles and lower anxiety. Benzodiazepines are also one of the most widely abused prescription medications (just behind opioids).

What Are the Types of Benzodiazepines Drugs & Medications?

To learn more on each different type of benzodiazepine, click on the benzodiazepine drug type. We provide information, resources, facts, and FAQs on the most widely prescribed benzodiazepines, as well as information on safely quitting benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepine class drugs can cause extremely severe withdrawals; it is important to know how to taper and quit benzodiazepines safely and naturally.

Benzodiazepines Medication FAQs

Each benzodiazepine drug type will have its own unique chemical structure, side effects, and symptoms of withdrawal.  However, there are many common questions about benzodiazepine class of drugs in general. Below is a collections of some of the most common benzodiazepine frequently asked questions.

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What are Benzodiazepines Used for?

Benzodiazepines have several labeled and off label uses. Primarily, benzodiazepines are used for their effect on the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor. By enhancing the effect of the GABA receptor in the brain, benzodiazepines produce hypnotic, sedative, anxiolytic and muscle relaxant effects.  These effects can be used as treatment for anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia, seizures, panic attacks, and for drug and alcohol withdrawal.

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