Types and Uses of Benzos
Benzodiazepines belong to the group of prescription medications and are generally used to produce sedation and muscle relaxation. Apart from this, this drug also affects the central nervous system. There are over 2000 various types of Benzodiazepines on the market, of which only 15 are approved by the FDA. Depending on the type and the reason it is being used, Benzos can be classified into three groups:
Ultra Short Acting
This type of Benzodiazepine is used to cause drowsiness, decrease anxiety and arise forgetfulness in a patient before a surgery or a related procedure. Midazolam is mainly prescribed to children and must be used only under the control and care of a doctor or a health professional.
Triazolam is used for treating insomnia. The drug is often prescribed for no longer than 1-2 weeks. If after that time the symptoms of insomnia continue, talk to your doctor first instead of continuing to take Triazolam on your own.
Short acting Benzodiazepines like Alprazolam (or Xanax) are used against anxiety and panic disorders.
Medications like Lorazepam (or Ativan) are also used for the treatment of anxiety.
Chlordiazepoxide is a Long Acting Benzodiazepine used for treating anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, as well as fear relief and decreasing anxiety before surgery.
Diazepam is used to treat seizures, anxiety, alcohol withdrawal as well as to lighten muscle spasms and cause sedation before medical procedures.
As a prescription drug, Benzos are generally used to treat the following medical conditions:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Alcohol withdrawal
- General anesthesia
- Muscle relaxation
- Nausea and vomiting