Benzodiazepines, are they safe? - Serenity Ranch
So what are Benzodiazepines?
We have recently had an influx in inquiries about Benzodiazepines, their side effects and if it is possible to get treatment for a Benzo addiction. In short, YES treatment is available.Benzodiazepines are highly addictive and just because they are a prescribed drug, does not mean that they are safe to use for a prolonged period of time.
Benzodiazepines are a family of drugs prescribed primarily for anxiety and insomnia. They affect the nervous system by reduction of anxiety, for sleeplessness and muscle relaxation . Benzodiazepines include Diazepam ( Valium) , Temazepam, Nitrazepam, Lorazepam ( Ativan), and benzo-like drugs such as Zopiclone, Zolpidem and Zaleplon.
What are the side effects / symptoms of long term use?
It is important to remember that a person will not experience all of the symptoms listed below, but these are some that have been reported:
Phobias, especially agoraphobia and claustrophobia
Lack of confidence
Lack of concentration, poor memory
Lack of interest
Minor problems appear bigger
Sometimes suicidal thoughts
Enhanced sensitivity to sound, light, taste or smell
Giddiness and sense of movement
Tingling or burning sensations
Sensation of insects crawling under the skin
General aches and pains (muscle tension)
Weakness in arms and legs (Jelly legs)
Stomach and bowel problems, irritable bowel syndrome, hiatus hernia
Jaw pains, toothache
Feeling too hot / too cold, sometimes in rapid succession
Extreme symptoms (after rapid withdrawal from high doses)
Psychotic symptoms including hallucinations and delusions
(Information courtesy of : www.bataid.org)
Similar to the much debated Oxycontin issue, Benzo’s also seem to create the illusion with the public that they are prescribed, so they must be safe. It is easy to blame doctors and medical professionals for not managing prescriptions or being more aware of the potential harm that drugs cause. The fact is that every individual needs to make sure they know what they are taking and what the potential risks are. Why are we so careful in selecting the right car to buy and read up about them, but trust pills and medications blindly?
Even though the detox or titration of Benzo’s may differ from other drugs, the treatment for the addiction remains universal. We would always recommend doing a safe reduction schedule with your doctor before attempting to stop using Benzo’s. Like any drug used for a long time, going cold turkey may be dangerous. So speak with your doctor and an addiction specialist if you feel you may need help with your Benzo use.
This video is an interesting story about one person's experience with Benzodiazapines.
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