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Treatment of Insomnia and Anxiety with Benzodiazipines

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Overview of benzodiazipines

Benzodiazipine is a type of medication which is known as minor tranquilizers. In the U.S., it is commonly prescribed as depressant medication. In the market, various kinds of Benzodiazipine medications are available that are used for treating both physical and psychological maladies. The medication comes in both tablet as well as intravenous injection forms.

Uses of Benzodiazipine

It is recommended for treating following medical conditions:

A point important to disclose is that primarily the group of medicines is recommended for reducing anxiety and treating insomnia. The drug is also used for some other purposes which are not mentioned here.

Examples for Benzodiazipines

Some of the approved Benzodiazipines in the United States are enlisted below:

1.Diazepam (Valium)

2.Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)

3.Clorazepate (Tranxene)

4.Clonazepam (Klonopin)

5.Alprazolam (Xanax)

6.Flurazepam (Dalmane)

7.Midazolam (Versed)

8.Estazolam (Prosom)

9.Oxazepam (Serax)

10.Lorazepam (Ativan)

11.Triazolam (Halcion)

12.Quazepam (Doral)

13.Temazepam (Restoril)

Method of Administration

Method to take the dosage greatly varies on the purpose for which Benzodiazipine is used. The most common method of administering the medication is orally. There are some medications like Librium, Ativan, Valium, etc which can be taken orally and intravenously. However, Midazolam is one medication which is exclusively taken in intravenous form.

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Side effects of Benzodiazipines

Some of the most common side-effects of the drug include:

  • Depression
  • Altered vision
  • Respiratory depression
  • Drowsiness, fatigue, lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Constipation

Because the benzodiazipines are addictive in nature, so stop taking the drug suddenly may result in some side-effects like slurred speech, impaired thinking, a feeling of low self-worth, etc. Therefore, it is advised not to stop taking the drug immediately. Firstly, reduce its dosage before the complete withdrawal.

Important Information Necessary to Consider Before Taking the benzodiazipines

If a woman is planning to start her family or get pregnant whilst taking the drug, seek medical consultation immediately. Reason being, the drug may pose risk to a mother and her child.

Because the benzodiazipines reduces the ability to perform tasks like operating machinery or driving, therefore avoid driving after taking the drug.

It is important to disclose medical history of a patient before taking the drug.

The drug should be taken in the manner as prescribed by health professionals.

Summary- Benzodiazipines, group of drugs, are used for treating insomnia and reducing anxiety. Midazolam, Clorazepate, Quazepam, etc. are some of the examples of the drug. The drug is taken in various forms. Before taking the drug, consultation with health professional is a must.

Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: July 04, 2015

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