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Benzodiazepines have a really low side effect profile, which is one reason they are so popular. The side effects they do have

They universally mess with your memory, but are otherwise generally side effect free. Sometimes doctors will use that stupid memory trick with some particularly anxious patients and give them a high dosage of a benzo in an injectable form prior to an operation. The result is not only a calm patient, but one who frequently can’t remember that a surgical procedure even happened! As long as you realize that the sedation is an expected side effect that may or may not go away, which is why you can’t rely upon them as a nightly sleep aid. The benzodiazepines are the safest of all psychiatric medications. You can’t overdose on them alone, although they can make other drugs, like alcohol, work a lot better. It’s not the Valium that kills you when you wash it down with Whiskey, it’s alcohol poisoning.

While popular as a sleep aid, tolerance to them builds up quickly for a lot of people. They’re great for occasional insomnia, but you’re probably better off looking into something else if you can’t get to sleep every night. Some people can take them every night for as a sleep aid, especially if taking the ones approved for sleep disorders. Keep in mind that the sedation thing is a side effect of the benzos not approved, yet frequently prescribed for insomnia, and you can expect it to go away with continued use.

Because benzos feel really nice, and for some people they feel especially nice, they shouldn’t be used by anyone with a history of substance abuse. Or a family history of substance abuse. Let’s be clear here about what substance abuse is. Past use of illegal drugs alone is not substance abuse, past use of illegal drugs is breaking the law. Physical and/or psychological dependence on recreational substances, be they legal or illegal, that’s substance abuse. A diagnosis of OCD makes things a bit tricky, and a long talk with your doctor is in order when going over the pros and cons of benzos, because you could wind up taking too many, using up your prescription, not being able to get a refill and then getting to enjoy the withdrawal syndrome.

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