Describe the features of benzodiazepine toxicity.?

Sedation / coma. Benzodiazepines are a class of medication which can help with anxiety and sleep disorders. Well known drugs include valium, ativan, and klonopin (clonazepam). Too much benzodiazepine typically causes sedation ranging from drowsiness to coma. Combining benzodiazepines with other drugs, especially in excess (such as alcohol) is exceedingly dangerous.
Benzo Toxicity. For some, small doses of benzodiazepines will cause unsteadiness, falls, confusion, slurred speech, and forgetfulness. The elderly are very sensitive and susceptible to these side effects or toxicity. Larger doses that some people need for anxiety, will cause similar problems, and when mixed with other pain medication, and or alcohol, can lead to respiratory suppression and death.

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What is the definition or description of: benzodiazepine toxicity?

Benzo toxicity. Refer to the harmful effects of excess exposure or possibly an allergic reaction to a benzodiazepine, a group of psychotropic drugs used as anti-anxiety agents, muscle relaxants, sedatives, and hypnotics. Symptoms may include dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, blurred vision, unresponsiveness, anxiety and/or agitation. Read more...
BZ Toxicity. Intoxication with sedative-hypnotic drugs of the bz group leading to dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, anxiety, agitation, blurred vision, unresponsiveness, nystagmus, ataxia, slurred speech, hypotension, respiratory depression, then coma. Read more...