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Benzodiazepines encourage calm by entering the brain quickly and binding to receptors for the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA (the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain) reduces brain activity. When benzodiazepines bind to GABA receptors, they enhance GABA's calming effects.

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