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8 Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs


Like clonazepam, diazepam is also a type of benzodiazepines. Doctors usually prescribe this medication for treating fits or seizures, muscle spasms, and anxiety. It can be used in hospitals to alleviate symptoms of alcohol withdrawal as well, such as trouble sleeping or sweating. Taking clonazepam may be effective in helping you relax before a surgical procedure or other dental and medical treatments. The medication works by raising the levels of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain. If abused in the long run, it may change the brain responses and lead to dependence or addiction. Therefore, you should not take diazepam for longer than four weeks. The medication is available in the form of a rectal tube, liquid, and tablets. Drowsiness is the most common side effect. Thus, you should avoid driving, working with machines or tools, or cycling after taking diazepam. [3]