National Institute on Drug Abuse. Drug Facts: Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications.
Depressants are highly addictive drugs, and when chronic users or abusers stop taking them, they can experience severe withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, insomnia and muscle tremors.
Users may think that prescription and over-the-counter drugs are safer than illicit drugs, but they can be just as addictive and dangerous. Side effects can include impaired motor skills, drowsiness, depression, and impaired memory. And because depressants work by slowing the brain’s activity, they can diminish heartbeat and respiration to dangerously low levels, especially when snorted or injected along with other drugs and alcohol. It’s a combination that can become lethal.
Xanax is a prescription depressant commonly used to treat anxiety and tension. Other similar brand-name medications include Valium, Ativan and Klonopin. Abuse of these drugs without a diagnosis or doctor’s supervision can lead to dangerous side effects.
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