Benzodiazepines: Do The Risks Outweigh The Rewards?

When it comes to benzodiazepines, it is important you do your homework. As a matter of fact, any time you put something in your body from a doctor, you need to know everything there is to know about it, both good and bad. Information is power and the more information you have on the subject, the better suited you will be in the long run. This is especially vital for benzodiazepines, as they are known to have side effects that can cause serious problems for people. One thing to remember is that everyone’s body reacts to things differently. For example, I could take a medication, and I will have no side effects, whatsoever.

However, if someone else takes it, it could make them drowsy, sleepy, and it could really put a damper on the way they feel. The most important thing to remember through all of this is not to do anything without talking to your physician. You need to be completely honest with them and let them know everything you are feeling and thinking. For some benzodiazepines, people have been known to have suicidal thoughts, which is the last thing anyone wants, as these medications are supposed to help people and not hurt them.

One piece of advice I can give is this: make a pros and cons list. It might sound pretty simple and pretty standard, but it is really powerful for people out there. It allows them to see if the risk outweighs the reward. For example, can you handle being a little sleepy if it means less anxiety for you in the long run? If you are a driver and you rely on being alert for your job, it is probably best not to take a benzodiazepine. In that case, I would recommend that you avoid taking it. However, it is all up to what the doctor sees fit.

Open communication with your doctor is the most important. You need to show up to every appointment and writer down what is on your mind and how you are feeling at all times. It really could save your life. For me, personally, I can handle a little memory loss as Klonopin has made me feel more like myself than ever before. I don’t get tired taking it, although I know it is very hard to get off the medication. Many people have tried and they have come up unsuccessful. They become dependent on it.

When you are with your doctor, do not be afraid to ask as many questions as possible. They probably have literature as well, which will help you when it comes to deciding what is best for you and what is going to help you. They will guide you down the right path and make sure you make an informed decision. You don’t want to just jump into anything willy nilly, especially with medications like these. You need to know exactly what is going on, what to expect, and how your body may or may not react to it.

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