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Using Benzodiazepine Drugs Safely

Alprazolam, a benzodiazepine drug

Recently, we published a blog about finding happiness without the use of benzodiazepine drugs (benzos) or other drugs or substances. We aren’t saying, though, that benzos are bad.

Quite the contrary. In fact, by helping lessen people’s depression and anxiety, it appears that medications such as benzodiazepines have helped improve the lives of many people. By easing the symptoms of mental illness, the proper use of benzos may have saved lives as well.

Instead, we emphasize the proper use of benzodiazepines. Improper use of benzos and other drugs and alcohol can cause side effects that can sometimes be very dangerous. Such improper drug use can involve

  • Using lower-than-recommended dosages of the benzos so they aren’t effective.
  • Stopping the use of some benzos abruptly when it might be safer to taper from the drugs more slowly.
  • Taking someone else’s prescription. The prescription dosage could be for a heavier person and thus harm someone who weighs less. Or, the person improperly taking benzos could be using other substances that may react poorly with the benzos.
  • Using too much of the benzos. Benzos can work for some people, but like other drugs, they don’t work for everyone. It also might take some time for people to feel improvement from the drugs. If such drugs aren’t working for them, people might take more and more, sometimes much more than their prescribed dosages. This could produce results, but the results would be temporary as their bodies and brains become accustomed to the results. This could lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction.

Benzodiazepines and other drugs, then, can be useful tools to fight depression and anxiety, but, like other tools, require proper medical and pharmacological support to be safe and healthy for their users. Doctors and pharmacists can be trusted allies to use benzos properly and effectively.