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How can benzodiazepines affect your work or daily activities?
Even at low doses, benzodiazepines may affect your everyday activities. At a single low dose, these effects usually last 4–12 hours depending on the type of benzo. If you take a large dose, use regularly or mix it with alcohol or other drugs, impairment can last anywhere from several weeks to several months.
Benzos can cause loss of muscle control, falling and stumbling, drowsiness, poor reaction time, vision problems and speech problems, so it can be unsafe to drive or operate heavy machinery. It can also make it harder to do tasks that need fine movements. These drugs can cause anterograde amnesia (not being able to remember new information), which means that interacting with others can become difficult.
When it comes to work, different jobs require different skills. If you are taking benzos, have a think about what you might need to do well at your job and what steps you could take to make sure you are not impaired.
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