Benzodiazepines are active agents in medicines such as psychotropics and tranquillisers.
Originally used in narcotics for medical use, they are now used in medicine to treat symptoms such as anxiety, depression, restlessness, delusions, hallucinations or insomnia. Benzodiazepines are some of the most frequently prescribed medicines of all.
Usually in tablet form, swallowed, (ground into powder or dissolved) inhaled or injected.
The best known benzodiazepines are Rohypnol® (Flunitrazepam) and Valium®/Faustan® (Diazepam). Benzodiazepines are also known as "Benzos", "Roofies" and "Dias".
The drug takes effect after approximately 15 minutes. The duration and intensity of the effect varies, according to the drug and dose taken, between 12 and 70 hours.
Benzodiazepines can have a relaxing, sedative effect and may induce sleep. However, when used long-term, a reversal of these effects is possible.
Short-term side effects
Possible side effects include in particular tiredness, poor concentration, greatly impaired reactions, micro-sleeps, diminished reflexes, reduced spatial coordination, a dazed state, faintness, headaches, hypersensitive reactions (allergies), increased aggressiveness, memory impairment, foaming at the mouth and impaired articulation (unclear, slurred speech, "babbling").
Long-term side effects
With the consumption of benzodiazepines there is a risk of rapid onset of psychological and physical dependency. Long-term regular consumption may lead to the following symptoms: shakiness and unsteadiness (staggering), muscular weakness, dizziness, confusion, acute excitability, attacks of rage, visual disturbances, double vision, memory impairment, increased aggressiveness, depression, hallucinations and, on withdrawal: sleeplessness, anxiety, restlessness, vomiting, trembling, sweating, muscular spasms/convulsions and psychoses.
Interaction with other drugs
Risk of mutual intensification of the effects when benzodiazepines are mixed with sleeping drugs and/or with other substances such as heroin, Methadone/Polamidon and alcohol.
Do not take with other drugs, in particular alcohol, heroin or sleeping pills!
There is a particular danger of overdosing when this drug is combined with alcohol, as this gives the user the impression of being able to tolerate more. Apnoea (respiratory paralysis) caused by alcohol is intensified - danger of asphyxiation!
If benzodiazepines and heroin are mixed, the user may fall into a deep sleep and be insensitive to pain - danger of death from exposure in winter, burns due to falling asleep too close to heaters or with a lighted cigarette.
Users are often helpless in this state - so do not leave anyone unattended in this condition!
Do not drive as reactions are greatly impaired!
This information is not a guide or motivation to drug taking. Benzodiazepines are prescription-only medicines and must not be sold over the counter or privately.
Diese Informationen sind keine Anleitung oder Motivierung zum Drogenkonsum! Benzodiazepine sind rezeptpflichtig und dürfen nicht frei gehandelt werden!
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