How Do Benzos Work?

Benzodiazepines (benzos) are drugs that are frequently prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia. Doctors also use them to help patients manage seizures, muscle spasms, panic disorders, and alcohol withdrawal. Some well-known benzos include diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), and zoldipem (Ambien). But no matter how these different brands are marketed, all benzos produce five major effects that are used for medical treatment: anxiety relief, sleep induction, muscle relaxation, anticonvulsant, and memory impairment (useful in sedation for surgical procedures). Depending […]