Benzodiazepines are a class of medications that are commonly used to treat anxiety and other related disorders. These drugs work by slowing down the activity in your brain and central nervous system. They act upon benzodiazepine receptors (BZ-R) in the brain, which are responsible for promoting calmness and relaxation.
Some common benzodiazepines include Alprazolam (Xanax), Diazepam (Valium), Lorazepam (Ativan) and Clonazepam (Klonopin).