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Benzodiazepines are a highly addictive class of sleeping pill or anti-anxiety medication sedative, or tranquilizer medication most often prescribed to treat anxiety, stress or panic in patients.
These “minor tranquilizers” can become highly addictive as your body becomes more dependent on them to function.
“Benzo” addicts begin to experience withdrawal symptoms or display “drug seeking” behaviours quite quickly when the medication is not present. Increasing tolerance to the effects of the drug is also indicative of active addiction.
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Benzodiazepines were discovered by Leo Sternbach in the 1950s in his work by Hoffman La-Roche. The first benzodiazepine, chlordiazepoxide (LIBRIUM ), quickly became a bestseller but was surpassed by the benzodiazepine diazepam (Valium , Stesolid ).
The following benzodiazepine brand names are distributed as Schedule 4 and 5 prescription medications in South Africa. Most benzodiazepine brands provide due warning to “pharma-codependence” or “abuse” on the flyer inserts, however it is a feigned warning in contrast to the addictive nature of these drugs and their potential for habit forming behaviors.
The historic fame and notoriety of these drugs came to light with the widespread uptake of Valium in the United States. There was a subsequent massive investment from “big pharma” in seeking new drugs that would reduce stress and anti-anxiety or produce calming effects that would help induce sleep or to be used as anti-depressants.
Street Names For Benzodiazepines Include
Common names for benzodiazepines often based on the appearance or colour of the tablets or capsules.
For short-term use, benzodiazepines can be valuable in a wide range of clinical conditions, sometimes life-saving. Almost all of the problems of benzodiazepines result from long-term use, beyond 4 weeks.
Side effects of long-term use of benzodiazepines.
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