This section gives information about benzodiazepines medication. Your doctor may prescribe benzodiazepines if you have severe anxiety or if you are very distressed.
- Benzodiazepines are a type of medication that are used to treat anxiety.
- You may get side effects from taking this kind of medication. If you are worried about any side effects, you should see your doctor.
- You can become addicted to benzodiazepines. You should not take them for longer than one month.
- You may get withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking benzodiazepines. You should talk to your doctor before you stop taking them. Your doctor may gradually take you off your medication if you have been taking them for a long time.
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