Long Term Effects of Using Benzodiazepine

Benzodiazepines can cause some dangerous and serious side effects. Even though they are often prescribed for people who are suffering from certain health conditions such as anxiety that doesn’t get rid of these short term or long term effects. So, can someone take benzos forever without these dangers? In short, the answer is no. However, it may be a good idea for you to learn more about the long term effects of using benzodiazepines if you or someone you know is taking them.

If you, a friend or a loved one is using benzodiazepines and need help to overcome an addiction to them, reach out to our Harmony Recovery Group today. We have treatment programs specifically for treating benzodiazepine addictions.

What is Benzodiazepine

What exactly is benzodiazepine? Well, this is a drug that is also known as benzos or downers. They often sedate people to help relieve uncomfortable mental and physical health symptoms such as:

  • Panic
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • PMS
  • Seizures

Benzodiazepines are a man-made drug and they can be very dangerous, especially when someone abuses them. If you or someone you know is abusing or addicted to these drugs, be sure to reach out for treatment here at Harmony Recovery Group today.

What are the Different Types of Benzodiazepine

If you suspect that someone in your life is using drugs, especially benzos due to their sedative nature, it would be good to learn about the different types of benzodiazepine. There are generally two types of benzos including anxiolytics and hypnotics. Some of the brand names for benzos are:

  • Klonopin
  • Ativan
  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Librium

There are many different dosages that these drugs are prescribed in. There are also many conditions that someone may need to treat with benzos. Unfortunately, there are benzodiazepines that are distributed and used illegally, as well. No matter whether you or someone you know has a prescription to benzos or are using them illegally, if you need help to stop using them, our Harmony Recovery Group team can assist you with this.

Short Term Use of Benzodiazepine

Generally, there are short term use guidelines for benzodiazepines. When someone is only using these drugs for a short amount of time, they likely won’t have moderate to severe side effects, especially when taken in lower doses. Some of the short term benzo side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Lightheadedness
  • Weight gain

If you or someone you know is taking benzos legally and only using them short term or for a medical condition as prescribed, that could be okay. However, there is still a chance that your body will become dependent on or addicted to them.

Long Term Effects of Benzodiazepine Use

If someone is using benzodiazepines for a long time, they are much more likely to experience moderate to severe or even fatal effects. Some of these effects might include the following:

  • Withdrawal
  • Overdose
  • Jaundice
  • Labored/slow heart rate
  • Fainting
  • Suicide
  • Low blood pressure
  • Organ damage (especially if abusing them)
  • Increased tolerance and addiction

If you or someone you know has been taking benzos for a long time, please reach out to our Harmony Recovery Group to get clean from them and to start a recovery program. If you have only been taking them for a short amount of time, but need help to stop using these drugs, our team can still help you with that, as well.

Can Benzos Be Taken Forever

What happens if you have a condition in which you need benzos? Can they be taken forever? Since these drugs are habit forming and there is a possibility for developing the effects noted above, professionals don’t generally recommend taking them forever. Once the drug does what it is prescribed to do, it is a good idea for the doctors to wean the patient off from them. No matter whether you are being weaned off from these drugs or not, it is crucial that you use them responsibly if you have a prescription. If you don’t have a prescription, you should not use them, even if someone offers them to you.

Get Treatment for Benzodiazepine Abuse or Addiction Today

Do you or someone you know abuse benzodiazepines? If you have been using these drugs for a long time, it is likely that you are going to have a difficult time getting clean from them on your own. The primary reason for this is due to their habit-forming, addictive nature.

Contact us today, here at Harmony Recovery Group, to get treatment for benzodiazepine abuse or addiction. Our team is ready to help you prevent some of the long term effects of benzo use by getting you clean and into recovery right away.