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What are benzodiazepines?

Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs called minor tranquillisers, often known as benzos. These drugs are prescribed by a doctor to help people with anxiety or sleep problems. There are about 30 different types (generic names) of benzodiazepines. Each one of these generic drugs may be sold under several different brand names – all the same drug, but made by different companies.

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Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines

(C9H8N2)

They come in the form of tablets or capsules and some are available for intravenous use in hospital settings. These are a very dangerous group of drugs when taken in high doses and/or mixed with other drugs and can cause an overdose or death.

Immediate effects can include

  • cannot judge distances or movement properly
  • feel relaxed / reduced anxiety
  • feel drowsy, sleepy or tired
  • cannot remember things from just a short time ago

Effects depend on...

What benzodiazepines do to you depends on how many tablets and what dose you take, how often and how long you have been taking them, your height and weight, whether you use benzodiazepines on their own or with other drugs and the method of use. 

The effects can also depend on your general health, your mood and your past experience with benzodiazepines. 

  • have no energy
  • become confused or dizzy
  • feel really good
  • have mood swings
  • slur your words or stutter
  • have blurred or double vision
  • do risky things

How benzodiazepines affect your body

Tap a body part to learn more of the effects benzodiazepines places on your body.

Long term effects can include

  • have headaches
  • have dreams that make you feel bad
  • experience fatigue or drowsiness
  • lose interest in sex, or your body won't work properly during sex
  • have no energy or interest in doing every day activities
  • be cranky
  • feel sick in the stomach
  • get skin rashes
  • be more hungry and put on weight
  • have menstrual problems (women)
  • be depressed
  • experience unpleasant withdrawal effects

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