Benzodiazepines are among the most commonly prescribed depressant medications in the United States today. More than 15 different types of benzodiazepine medications exist. They are prescribed for relaxation, calmness, and relief from anxiety and tension. Some benzodiazepines are used to treat seizures or insomnia or other conditions.
Side effects of abusing benzodiazepines include: Impaired motor coordination, drowsiness, lethargy, fatigue, impaired thinking and memory, confusion, depression, altered vision, slurred speech, stuttering, vertigo, tremors, respiratory depression, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, abdominal discomfort, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea
1 in 11 12th graders have abused sedatives and tranquilizers in their lifetime
Abusing sedatives with alcohol can slow both the heart rate and respiration and possibly lead to death.
Abuse can lead to physical and psychological dependency with serious withdrawal symptoms, including sweating, tremor, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia and muscle pain.
Long-term effects of benzodiazepines include: Slowed reflexes, mood swings, hostile and erratic behavior, euphoria, disorientation, confusion, slurred speech, muscle weakness, lack of coordination, impaired thinking, memory, and judgment