Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs recommended as sleeping pills and muscle relaxants. They also help in treating anxiety, epilepsy and alcohol withdrawal. They generally consumed in a tablet form. It is illegal to use benzodiazepines if not prescribed by a doctor.
What are the Effects of Benzo’s ?
Using benzodiazepines can make you feel relaxed, calm and sleepy. A higher dose of benzodiazepines can make you feel tired, confused, aggressive, and uncoordinated. Looks very similar to people intoxicated on alcohol
Benzodiazepine withdrawal signs include headaches, heart palpitations, vomiting, sweating, and tremor. These can be fatal if not treated properly. It is much more life threatening than opiates in high usage.
Some other symptoms can include:
- Muscles pain
- Panic attacks
- Depression and confusion
- Rapid mood changes
- Memory loss and hyperactivity
How to quit taking Benzodiazepines
If you are using benzodiazepines a lot, or for a long time then you must get medical support before you cut down or stop it. Stopping suddenly can result in the severe health problems or even death. Your physician or a local addiction specialist can support you through this process. Or take a Trip To Wellness and make the transition easier.
You can become dependent on benzodiazepines within a period of two weeks. With daily use, your body will adapt it and you will quickly need more to meet the same effects. Talk to your physician about what to look out for and how to reduce possible dependence.
Mixing drugs is always unsafe because the effects are hard to predict. Mixing of benzodiazepines with alcohol, heroin, morphine, or methadone is very dangerous and can cause death.
Legal Status in the United States
Benzodiazepines are controlled in schedule IV of the Controlled Substance Act.
How to start taking a prescription
Benzodiazepines are only officially obtainable through prescription. Many abusers continue their drug supply by getting recommendations from some physicians. They also get it by copying prescriptions or buy illegally. Alprazolam and diazepam are the two most encountered benzodiazepines on the illicit market.