Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Abnormal Nervousness Benzodiazepines

The benzodiazepine medications are very effective for the treatment of anxiety disorder. Benzodiazepines tend to slow the activity of the brain. Because these medications can be habit-forming, they are best for the short-term treatment of acute anxiety. Prolonged use can result in drug dependency. Stopping these medications abruptly after a period of long-term use can result in serious withdrawal symptoms, including seizures.

Benzodiazepine medications are divided into two main groups, short acting and long acting.

Short acting benzodiazepines:

Long acting benzodiazepines:

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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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