How are benzodiazepines used?

In 1975 Valium was the world's bestselling drug – 15% of Americans were taking it. Most doctors have now stopped prescribing benzodiazepines for long-term use because of worries that they might cause addiction. Benzodiazepines are still widely used to treat anxiety attacks, to help people who have difficulty sleeping and to calm people before a general anaesthetic or dental treatment.

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In 1975 Valium was the world's bestselling drug.

 

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