Should I take benzos?

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Long term use can be counter productive. Benzos can make the original anxiety worse if abused. Reason being one of the withdrawal symptoms is increased activity in the GABA region causing anxiety like symptoms.

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Answered on July 18, 2017.
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Aids anxiety disorders. Benzodiazepine relax your body, your mind and body are connected so a relaxed body equals a relaxed mind. They are more effective in the short term than antidepressants.

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Most effective at relaxing muscles. Benzodiazepines were originally designed as a muscle relaxant to prevent tremors and spasms. They are still first choice when it comes to treating muscle issues.

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Treats deadly alcohol withdrawal. Benzos act on the same parts of the brain as alcohol (GABA), but have a much longer half life than alcohol. When an alcoholic stops drinking they are prescribed benzos to allow the brain to adjust to the lessening of activity in the GABA area. Alcohol withdrawals are very serious and can be deadly.

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Abuse leads to serious side effects. Prolonged use or going over prescribed dosage can lead to side effects such as dizziness, memory loss, brain fog, re-emergence of original symptoms and mood swings.

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Aids injuries. The muscle relaxing effect of benzodiazepines aids in the healing process of injuries due to the fact a body at rest heals faster.

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Highly addictive. Benzos are dependency forming and prone to abuse due to its euphoric effects. Benzos with shorter half lives like Xanax have horrible withdrawal symptoms making cessation even harder.

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Answered on July 18, 2017.
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