Long-term use of benzodiazepines, described as use lasting just six months or more, results in marked cognitive impairment, and can cause anterograde amnesia, in which the ability to make new memories is lost.
From Xanax to valium, people of different ages talk about how they became reliant on a benzodiazepine.
Despite warnings from experts, older people are using more anti-anxiety and sleep medications, putting them at risk of serious side effects and even overdoses.
The problem with benzos, as they're also known, is that they're highly addictive medications, both physically and psychologically. Abruptly stopping them can lead to withdrawal symptoms...
For the first time ever, Davis agreed to a detailed conversation about addiction, mental health and his family life.
“Withdrawal can kill you,” Joshua Lee, an addiction specialist at New York University Langone Medical Center, said. “Alcohol withdrawal is the classic example, where you can have autonomic instability, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, your heart’s working overtime, your circulatory system is going haywire, your brain freaks out, and you can have seizures that are unstoppable without treatment.” Withdrawal from benzodiazepines—a class of drugs including Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin used to alleviate anxiety...
Young former addicts from across the UK relay their experiences of trying to get off counterfeit Xanax.
Cracking down on the legal supply is not a solution. In fact, it could spell disaster.
Pharmaceutical marketing is often said to be a key cause of the opioid crisis. That doesn't explain the deadly rise of benzos.
The blissful escape of benzodiazepines helped me cope with depression and anxiety, but my life ended up falling apart around me.
Like opioids and cannabinoids, diazepam and other benzodiazepines take the brakes off activity of dopamine-producing neurons.
And trying to get off of it was even worse.
Benzodiazepines work well to ease anxiety or insomnia when used intermittently and for less than a month at a time. When taken daily for an extended period of time, they stop working and can make anxiety and insomnia worse. Most doctors don’t realize how addictive benzodiazepines can be for some people and, because they don’t know better, prescribe them long term and without safety monitoring,