We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are the Most Common Benzodiazepine Side Effects?

K.C. Bruning
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The most common benzodiazepine side effects affect the patient’s alertness. They include drowsiness, grogginess, memory loss, and dizziness. Patients have reported blurred vision, confusion, depression, and headaches as well. Body function may also be affected, resulting in loss of strength and coordination or the development of tremors. Most of these conditions do not require immediate medical attention.

Some more serious benzodiazepine side effects include changes in vision or heart rate. Other more dramatic effects include yellowing eyes and skin or chest pain. These symptoms should be reported to a doctor as soon as possible. Sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction and low libido are other common effects.

Less common benzodiazepine side effects include extreme confusion and blurred vision. There may also be unusual dreams or nightmares. Some patients report appetite changes and nausea. There have also been reports of change in behavior, such as a condition called depersonalization where patients become emotionally distant from their actions.

Though severe allergic reactions to benzodiazepine are rare, they should be reported to a medical professional immediately. The most common types of serious benzodiazepine side effects include breathing difficulty, swelling, rash, and itching. Some patients may also experience extreme dizziness.

Individuals with kidney or liver disease may be more susceptible to negative benzodiazepine side effects. The drug can also have a more intense effect upon the elderly. It is generally not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. In order to lower the risk of negative effects when taking the drug, patients should disclose their full medical history and what other medications they are taking to a doctor before use.

There are also several food and drug interactions which can potentially harm the patient and affect the potency of benzodiazepine. Doctors may recommend avoiding foods with grapefruit or grapefruit juice as they can inhibit the effects of the drug. Anti-depressants, sedatives, and sleep aids may also be risky. Patients should consult their doctor about the use of antihistamines and cold medicines as well

Benzodiazepine is a psychoactive drug that is typically used to treat anxiety. In addition to addressing general tension, it is often used for substance abuse withdrawal symptoms and sleep problems. The drug is typically administered with caution, as it is easy to develop a tolerance. There is some risk of abuse, especially among patients who are taking benzodiazepine to treat withdrawal symptoms. Patients who abuse the drug often take other drugs or drink excessively as well.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
K.C. Bruning
By K.C. Bruning
Kendahl Cruver Bruning, a versatile writer and editor, creates engaging content for a wide range of publications and platforms, including WiseGeek. With a degree in English, she crafts compelling blog posts, web copy, resumes, and articles that resonate with readers. Bruning also showcases her passion for writing and learning through her own review site and podcast, offering unique perspectives on various topics.
Discussion Comments
K.C. Bruning
K.C. Bruning
Kendahl Cruver Bruning, a versatile writer and editor, creates engaging content for a wide range of publications and...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.