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What are benzodiazepine drugs?

Benzodiazepine drugs include Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), and Xanax (alprazolam) and are commonly used to treat anxiety on a short-term basis. Usually, these medications are only prescribed when non-drug measures are not effective. These products can be habit-forming and can decrease cognition. For this reason, they should not be used long-term.

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