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They may become agitated or very anxious, develop hallucinations, have difficulty sleeping or exhibit bizarre behavior such as taking off their clothes in public or taking unnecessary risks.
For more about benzodiazepines see Benzodiazepines: Overview and Use.
Benzodiazepines should only be taken at the lowest dose for the shortest possible length of time.
Drowsiness, sleepiness, or dizziness are the most common side effects reported.
You can take benzodiazepines as a single dose therapy or several times a day for months (or even years).
Studies suggest that they are effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety in approximately 70-80% of patients. Tolerance does not develop in the anti-panic or other therapeutic effects.
Benzodiazepines should never be taking while attempting to become pregnant, while pregnant or while breastfeeding. BZ withdrawal symptoms usually begin soon after reduction of the drug begins.They can be any of the following: confusion, diarrhea, blurred vision, heightened sensory perception, muscle cramping, reduced sensation of smell, muscle twitches, numbness or tingling, decreased appetite, and weight loss.These symptoms can be bothersome but are usually mild to moderate, almost never dangerous, and resolve over a week or so.Generics are available for many, which helps reduce cost. Some patients experience the sedative effects of drowsiness or lethargy, decreased mental sharpness, slurring of speech and some decrease in coordination or unsteadiness of gait, less occupational efficiency or productivity and, occasionally, headache.These may continue during the first few weeks, but tend to clear up, especially if you increase the dose gradually. Some people experience low moods, irritability or agitation.