Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs known as tranquilizers. These drugs act upon the GABA receptors in the brain, the function of those receptors is to reduce the activity of neurons. This will make the nerves less susceptible to stimulation. In this way, benzodiazepines can produce sedation, a calming effect, muscle relaxation, etc. They are used in the treatment of disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, seizures, etc. They are also used in specific settings, such as when a person is going through alcohol withdrawal. These substances are man-made and although pharmaceutical companies have invested thousands of different benzodiazepines, around 15 of them that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for commercial use in the United States.
Different Types of Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines have three main distinctions: how fast they start taking effect, how long the effects last, and what the specific effects are (what condition they treat). Here is a list of some of the FDA-approved benzodiazepines for commercial use in the United States.
*This table is for informational purposes. You should always consult your physician before taking any new medication.
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