High Anxiety 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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