Benzodiazepines and z-drugs are some of the most widely prescribed medication. They work as anxiolytics, sleep inducers, and in various other capacities, such as muscle relaxants and against epileptic seizures. For people with anxiety and panic attack, they can normalize life, while long-term treatment options are explored, and they can be used as emergency standby medication. However, they also carry risks, such as cognitive impairment and sedation in the short-run and tolerance and dependence in the long-run. Fortunately, there are alternatives to the benzodiazepines and z-drugs, which can be used in many cases.
Keywords: benzodiazepine, z-drug, medication, psychiatry
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