One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A drug of the benzodiazepine group, used especially to treat anxiety.
- ‘For agitation, benzodiazepines such as diazepam, lorazepam, or midazolam may be used.’
- ‘Use of fast-acting, short half-life benzodiazepines such as alprazolam and lorazepam should be avoided.’
- ‘The doctor is correct that long-term use of anti-anxiety drugs like alprazolam, diazepam or lorazepam can cause dependency.’
- ‘Benzodiazepines, particularly short acting drugs such as lorazepam may be another good choice for the short-term management of agitation.’
- ‘Treatment is started with a benzodiazepine, preferably lorazepam because of its relative rapid onset of action and long half-life.’
1960s: from ( ch)lor(o-) (‘chlorine’) + -azepam, on the pattern of words such as diazepam.
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