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What are some benzodiazepines and opiates typically used by psychiatrists?

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Benzodiazepines are normally prescribed by psychiatrists for the treatment of anxiety, panic attacks and sleep disorders. Opioids, however, are not typically prescribed by psychiatrists since their primary use is pain management. Psychiatrists are more likely to treat opioid substance abuse disorders than prescribe opioids, notes Current Psychiatry.

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The most common benzodiazepines prescribed in the United States include diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam and chlordiazepoxide, according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research. Chlordiazepoxide is most frequently used to treat symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Diazepam is employed to relieve symptoms of anxiety, promote muscle relaxation and induce sleep. Alprazolam and lorazepam are prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and panic attacks.

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