Feeling Drowsy on Benzodiazepines

From the common household aspirin to the most sophisticated prescription medicine on the market, all drugs come with side effects. Many are minor, some are just an inconvenience, a few are serious, and some are just plain strange. Perhaps the most common set of side effects for drugs that work inside your body involves our stomach, the gastrointestinal system. Nearly any drug can cause nausea or an upset stomach, though it may only happen to a handful of people. For drugs used on the outside, skin irritation is a common complaint.

Do Benzodiazepines Cause Side Effects?

Some drugs can speed up your heartbeat and cause you to be hyper to ones that can make you feel drowsy and want to take a nap cause you can barely keep your eyes open. Sleeping pills and/or anxiety pills are common and can make you feel drowsy. Such medications are benzodiazepines. The effects of any drug, including benzodiazepines, vary from person to person. How benzodiazepines affect a person depends on many things including their size, weight, and health, also whether the person is used to taking it. The effects of benzodiazepines, as with any drug, also depend on the amount taken.

Feeling Drowsy on Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepine is a Dangerous Drug

There is no safe level of benzodiazepine use. The use of any drug always carries some risk, even medications can produce unwanted side effects. It is important to be careful when taking any type of drug.

Benzodiazepines act as a sedative, slowing down the body’s functions, and are used for both sleeping problems and anxiety. Benzodiazepines are also known as benzos, downers, nerve pills, and tranks. They work by enhancing your brain’s response to a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which reduces the excitability of nerve signals in your brain and slows it down, leading to the relaxation of certain physiological and emotional responses. This results in a calming, tranquilizing feeling.

Benzodiazepines and Feeling Drowsy

Because of the Benzos slowing down your brain, you most likely will feel drowsy and this can become dangerous. Feeling sleepy throughout the day can interfere with your quality of life, possibly hurting your performance at work or keeping you from participating in daytime activities. Drowsiness can also increase your risk of falling, which can lead to injury and disability, and it can affect your ability to drive safely.

If you’re starting on benzodiazepines and they are new to you, it is recommended that you avoid activities that require alertness, like driving, until you find out how the medication affects you. In some cases, your sleepiness will lessen over time, as your body adjusts to the benzos. If it is causing excessive drowsiness or affecting your ability to drive or work, call your doctor. You may only have to adjust your dose to fix that problem.

Benzodiazepines are a short-term prescription medication because of the risk of dependency, overdose, and addiction. If you or a loved one may have become dependent on benzos, Garden Treatment Center can help you break that dependency.

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