Benzodiazepines are prescribed for anxiety, but can cause more problems than they solve.
Benzodiazepines are used by many people despite their associated risks and harms.
Long-term use is not recommended because of the known side effects. But it took two decades, after its release in the 1960s, to recognise this.
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Benzodiazepines, like alcohol, are depressant drugs, sometimes referred to as “downers” as they make people feel relaxed, sleepy, less coordinated and generally slowed down.
This class of drug poses significant risks of misuse and dependence, paradoxical reactions, disinhibition, amnesia and intoxication.
The body responsible for regulating drugs in Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), is poised to decide whether to restrict access to benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Valium and Normison…