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What can benzodiazepines feel like?

Benzodiazepines can make you feel relaxed, sleepy, dizzy, groggy and confused. Remember, a low dose for one person can be a high dose for another as people’s bodies process these medications differently.

Keep in mind that, when mixed with alcohol or other drugs, benzos can have different effects to those listed below.

Pleasant effects  Unpleasant effects

Sleeping better

Less anxious

Calm and relaxed

Euphoria

Confused

Groggy or drowsy

Memory problems

Disinhibited

Pleasant effects  Unpleasant effects

Increased euphoria

Sense of peace or serenity

Socially confident

Intensely groggy or drowsy

Uncoordinated

Difficulty concentrating or thinking

Aggressive or angry

Increased memory loss

Paranoid

Pleasant effects  Unpleasant effects

Full-body relaxation

Feeling ‘out of body’ or numb

Unable to stay awake

Blurred vision or trouble seeing

Intensely aggressive or angry

Unable to control your body movements

Severe memory loss

Feeling ‘trapped’ in your body

Hallucinating

Unresponsive

Difficulty breathing

Losing consciousness

Seizures

A Reddit user talks about what taking a lower dose of benzodiazepine feels like for them:

“[Xanax] removes anxiety, makes you sleepy, makes you stumble like a drunk. A little like alcohol but without some of alcohol’s ‘fun’ aspects. Can make you a bit mean because you are not worried about social consequences.”

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