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  • Benzodiazepines are nervous system depressants commonly prescribed to treat a few conditions including anxiety, stress, insomnia, epilepsy and to sedate people before certain medical procedures.
  • Benzodiazepines are available on prescription in Australia and should only be used on advice from your doctor. 
  • They can be highly addictive and should only be used for a short term. Withdrawal from use should be gradual and under medical supervision.
  • Overdose can occur if benzodiazepines are mixed with alcohol or other drugs. 

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Reviewed on: 26-10-2020