Benzodiazepines

Any of a class of drugs prescribed for their tranquilizing, antianxiety, sedative, and muscle-relaxing effects. Benzodiazepines are also prescribed for epilepsy and alcohol withdrawal. Introduced in the early 1960s with chlordiazepoxide (Librium), benzodiazepines were heralded as a safer alternative to barbiturates and meprobamate because they were relatively non-habit forming and were less lethal in overdose.

Signs of Intoxication:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • You may be unsteady on your feet
  • Less alert

Remember, avoid driving when you have taken benzodiazepine and have also had some alcohol. Mixing benzodiazepines with other drugs may cause unconsciousness or even death.

Warning signs that you’ve taken too much include:

  • Severe drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness and staggering

If you notice any of these signs after taking the medication, contact your doctor.

A few people have experienced mental and behavioral changes while taking benzodiazepines. If you experience any changes in your behavior or mental state (such as confusion, bizarre behaviour, aggression, etc.), consult your doctor immediately.
If you’re taking benzodiazepines and are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor because they may affect your baby. For example, using benzodiazepines while you’re pregnant can lead to withdrawal symptoms in your baby after it is born. Menzodiazepines are also passed on through breast milk.