July 29, 2016
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Benzodiazepines (cont.)

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What are the side effects of benzodiazepines?

The most common side effects associated with benzodiazepines are:

Other side effects include:

  • transient drowsiness commonly experienced during the first few days of treatment,
  • a feeling of depression,
  • loss of orientation,
  • headache,
  • sleep disturbance,
  • confusion,
  • irritability,
  • aggression,
  • excitement, and
  • memory impairment.

All benzodiazepines can cause physical dependence. Suddenly stopping therapy after a few months of daily therapy may be associated with withdrawal symptoms which include a feeling of loss of self-worth, agitation, and insomnia. If benzodiazepines are taken continuously for longer than a few months, stopping therapy suddenly may produce seizures, tremors, muscle cramping, vomiting, and sweating. In order to avoid withdrawal symptoms, the dose of benzodiazepines should be tapered slowly.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/2/2016


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