What Are Benzodiazepines?
Benzodiazepines are a depressant drugs that are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks, and other nervous system disorders. They work by enhancing the neurotransmitter GABA which slows down the messages in the nervous system. The slower messages provide the calmer and and more relaxed feelings inceases that leading to abuse. The most common benzodiazepines are Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, and Ambien.
These highly addictive medications when abruptly discontinued may lead to increased blood pressure and heart rate, seizures, psychosis, and death.