Benzodiazepine Abuse


What is benzodiazepine abuse? Benzodiazepines abuse means you take too much of this medicine in order to feel good. You may take it even though you do not have a prescription, or you may take more than you are supposed to take. Benzodiazepines are tranquilizers. They are used to decrease anxiety, relax your muscles, and control or stop seizures.

What are the signs of benzodiazepine abuse?

How is benzodiazepine abuse treated? Your caregiver will give you a schedule to follow to slowly lower the dose or the number of times a day you use the medicine. He may keep you on the same benzodiazepine or change your medicine. You may be treated in a hospital or at home.

What are the risks of benzodiazepine use?

What are the signs and symptoms of withdrawal? If you have used benzodiazepines for a long time, do not suddenly stop taking them. A sudden stop could cause withdrawal symptoms. You must decrease the amount of medicine and the frequency slowly over time to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Signs and symptoms may begin hours to days after you stop taking benzodiazepines. They may continue for a month or longer. You may have any of the following:

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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