What Is Bensedin?
Bensedin is a brand name for diazepam, a type of benzodiazepine medication used to treat panic disorder and other conditions. Benzodiazepines like Bensedin are classified as anti-anxiety drugs due to their sedating and calming effects.
Bensedin can be used to treat anxiety, as well as other mental health and medical conditions. It can also act as an anticonvulsant and may be used to treat anxiety-related to certain illnesses. Some of the conditions Bensedin can be used to treat include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Anxiety related to alcohol withdrawal
- Anxiety related to bipolar disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Muscle spasms
- Panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia)
How Bensedin Treats Panic Disorder
Bensedin affects gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of sleep, relaxation, and anxiety. By influencing the GABA receptors, Bensedin slows down the central nervous system, reducing feelings of anxiety and agitation and producing a sense of calm and relaxation. This also helps to decrease the intensity of panic attacks and other anxiety symptoms.
Benzodiazepines are sometimes prescribed in the initial phase of panic disorder treatment, along with psychotherapy and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). After other treatments have reduced symptoms, efforts are made to taper off the use of benzodiazepines.
Like all medications, Bensedin can have side effects. Some of the most common side effects include confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, and lack of coordination. Most side effects should diminish over time. If side effects worsen or become unmanageable, it is important to consult a doctor.
Precautions When Taking Bensedin
There are several precautions to consider when taking Bensedin.
If you have a history of certain medical conditions, caution should be exercised before taking Bensedin. It is important to talk to your doctor if you have been diagnosed with depression, substance use disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease, myasthenia gravis, narrow-angle glaucoma, or sleep apnea.
Additionally, if you have a known sensitivity or allergy to Bensedin, you should not take this medication.
Some signs of an allergic reaction include difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, itching, skin rash, and swelling of the face, tongue, mouth, or throat. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
The side effects of Bensedin may be more noticeable in older adults. Dosage adjustments may be necessary to minimize these effects.