Benzodiazepines are drugs from the benzodiazepine class. They have a sedative effect that can help relieve anxiety. Benzodiazepines are frequently called tranquilizers.
Examples of these drugs include:
- Valium (diazepam)
- Xanax (alprazolam)
- Ativan (lorazepam)
Some research shows that people with fibromyalgia may be especially receptive to benzodiazepines.
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