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Benzodiazepines

Medication generic name properties
Valium diazepam cheap, long-acting, fast
Librium chlordiazepoxide cheap, long-acting, slower
Xanax alprazolam  fast, but short
Restoril temazepam best for sleep, about 8 hours, not too slow
Ativan lorazepam medium speed, lasts into the next day somewhat
Klonopin clonazepam slow but longer; some feel "wet blanket" effect

 

 

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