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Family of depressants used therapeutically to produce sedation, induce sleep, relieve anxiety, muscle spasms, and to prevent seizures. (Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Restoril are some examples of benzodiazepines.)

Not to be used in combination with Buprenorphine, unless under a doctor's care.

In high doses benzodiazepines can cause dangerous respiratory depression.

This can have an adding effect when combined with other CNS depressants like alcohol or opioids, and can be fatal.

Abrupt cessation of benzodiazepines can cause seizures.

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