Benzodiazepines are a type of anti-anxiety medication that work by increasing the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that helps to reduce anxiety and improve sleep. Common benzodiazepines include alprazolam, diazepam, and clonazepam. They are used to treat anxiety, panic disorder, and other conditions that cause excessive fear or worry.
Side effects of benzodiazepines can include drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, and impaired coordination. They can also be habit-forming and can cause physical and psychological dependence. It is important to talk to your doctor about any potential side effects before taking a benzodiazepine.« Back to Glossary Index