What Are the Most Widely Abused Benzos?

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Created On: Saturday, 12, October 2019
Modified On: Thursday, 17, October 2019

Benzodiazepines are dangerous drugs because of the quickness with which dependence and addiction occur.  Even after a few weeks of regular use a person will experience withdrawal symptoms.  Despite this, there are many commonly prescribed and abused benzodiazepines.  Pharmaceutical companies have produced over 2000 types of benzodiazepines.  Fifteen of these sedating drugs are approved for use in the United States.  Some commonly found benzos include Xanax with the generic brand alprazolam.  Yet is commonly found prescribed under the brand name Xanax.  This drug is a short-acting benzodiazepine.  There is also an extended release version of it called Xanax XR creating effects that last much of the day.

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Valium is common in the United States with the generic name diazepam.  Valium is a long-acting benzodiazepine with a long history in the country.  Valium is not often prescribed for anxiety or panic disorders, because of how it affects the brain.  The drug is typically given to alcoholics to manage severe withdrawal symptoms.  It is also used as a replacement drug for benzodiazepines during medical detox.  Klonopin is widely recognized in the country under the generic name clonazepam.  This is a short-acting drug and regularly prescribed as-needed for a variety of reasons.

Ativan is widely prescribed across the United States with the generic name lorazepam.  This is another short-acting benzodiazepine given for various reasons.  There is also Rohypnol with the generic name flunitrazepam.  This drug was never approved for prescription in the United States.  Yet, it is legal in Mexico and has been illegally brought into the USA since 1996.  The drug is commonly referred to as the date-rape drug.  Other familiar brands include Librium, Halcion, Dalmane, Doral, ProSom, and Restoril.