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Benzo Addiction

Benzodiazepines, often called benzos, are a class of drugs that are used as anti-anxiety medications, hypnotics and tranquilizers. This class of drugs has become one of the most abused pharmaceuticals, second only to painkillers. In fact, a recent report showed that benzos where involved in 29 percent of the drug-related emergency room visits in the country. While Xanax is the most commonly abused benzo, there are many other brand names, which are listed below.

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Benzodiazepines can be dangerous when used in combination with alcohol or with each other. Overdoses can be serious, although they are very rarely fatal.

Benzodiazepines can have many side effects. The most common are daytime drowsiness and a hung-over feeling, which can increase the risk of automobile accidents. Benzodiazepines may also worsen certain breathing problems and can lead to falls in the elderly. Benzodiazepines taken during pregnancy may be associated with birth defects (such as cleft palate).

Medium- and short-acting benzodiazepines include triazolam (Halcion), lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), temazepam (Restoril), oxazepam (Serax), prazepam (Centrax), estazolam (ProSom), and flunitrazepam (Rohypnol).

Long-acting benzodiazepines include flurazepam (Dalmane), clonazepam (Klonopin), and quazepam (Doral).

Other commonly abused benzos include Ativan, Valium and Klonopin.