COMMON STREET NAMES:
Xanax®: Bars, Benzos, Zannies, Z-Bar, Bricks, School Buses, Hulks. Klonopin®, Valium®: Moggies, Eggs, Jellies, Vallies, Ambien®.
Benzodiazepines are prescription psychiatric drugs used to treat mental illness such as anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and ADHD to name a few.
Benzodiazepines act on the central nervous system and are used as tranquilizers and depressants. Effects from misuse or overuse include psychosis, seizures, cardiovascular complications, anxiety and depression.
Chronic use can trigger the very same symptoms Benzodiazepines are meant to help with such as anxiety. Sudden withdrawal from many depressant drugs can result in seizures, convulsions, and can be life-threatening. Because of the tranquilizing and sedative nature of these drugs, they have been used as “date rape” drugs.
Mixing Benzodiazepines with alcohol or other drugs such as Opioids can result in respiratory and heart failure, seizures and coma.
IS THIS DRUG ADDICTIVE:
Yes, Benzodiazepines are addictive and tolerance can develop rapidly with higher doses needed to achieve the same effects.
SIGNS OF DRUG USE AND ABUSE:
Signs of short term use in high doses may include: Slowed breathing, Confusion, Fatigue, Difficulty of Inability to Urinate, Depression and Fever.
Long term use and abuse include: Aggression, Paranoia, Suicidal Thoughts, Impairment of Memory, Extreme Fatigue, Breathing Difficulties, Insomnia, and Sexual problems.
Prescription drugs should only be taken by the patient who the drug was prescribed for and only as directed by the doctor. Selling or even giving away prescription drugs for any reason is illegal and can lead to a person’s death.
Benzodiazepines can increase the risk of high blood sugar levels, diabetes and weight gain. Some reports of weight gain up to 100 pounds due to Benzodiazepine.
Drug and alcohol dependence disorders and addictions are medical conditions that can be effectively treated. The first step is to recognize the problem and seek help for yourself or loved ones. To speak to a caring, experienced addiction advisor call 1-800-601-0759 or fill out the contact form below.