Benzo Addiction Side Effects
Benzo addiction is accompanied by several effects which are both psychological and physical. Benzo use has major effects on the cognitive functions of the user. Long term use of Benzo leads to a decrease in sex drive and lowered libido. Men in particular are at a high risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Pregnant mothers who use these drugs give birth to babies who are below normal weight.
There is also some evidence that these drugs may cause cancer in various parts of the body such as the brain, kidneys and liver. The user of these drugs experiences depression and disinhibition. For intravenous users of Benzo, there is an increased risk of developing lower than normal blood pressure, also known as hypotension. Tachycardia or slower than normal breathing can also occur with Benzo use. If it becomes too pronounced, death could result from asphyxiation.
Other side effects linked to these drugs include.
Benzo is a drug that induces a sedative effect and is also good muscle relaxants. Benzo sedative effect induces the following:
For drivers who use these drugs, there is an increased risk of causing accidents due to an increased reaction time and poor coordination. The drowsiness caused by these drugs can also lead to the driver falling asleep when driving with possibly fatal consequences. The same case applies to machine operators.
For patients who use medically recommended doses of this drug, it is possible to use it for several years without the drug losing its efficiency or the patient developing tolerance. If the drugs are used for periods exceeding four weeks, stopping it suddenly, however, causes a variety of Benzo Addiction withdrawal symptoms and rebound anxiety to develop in the patient.
Although Benzo is used to treat long term disorders such as panic disorders, their use in the long term is strongly discouraged. This is because they have a tendency to develop dependency to Benzo and eventually addiction if they are used continuously for periods of more than 4 weeks.
Patients who use them for long periods rapidly develop tolerance and signs of physical dependence to Benzos that mean that once the user stops taking them, they develop withdrawal symptoms. Elderly people and people with liver cirrhosis do not metabolize the drug effectively and this is strongly discouraged for these groups to use these drugs.
There are various signs and symptoms linked to short term Benzo use.
- Anterograde amnesia is also very common.
- Memory problems are common among Benzo users.
- The most common of these are cognitive defects.
- Frequent and long term users of these drugs also experience reduced concentration levels.
- These effects are even more pronounced when combined with alcohol or other drugs, especially illicit drugs.
Long term users of Benzo Addiction experience a worsened state of mental and physical health. Although these problems do not occur in all Benzo users, recreational users are at a significantly higher risk of developing them than people who are on medical prescriptions. The long term user experiences a lowered libido and sex drive, difficulties in thinking constructively, an increase in anxiety and incidences of depression as well as an increase in social phobia.