Benzodiazepines are the most commonly prescribed and abused sedative-hypnotics, but they produce less respiratory depression than barbiturates. Long-acting metabolites often cause intoxication that lasts for several days. Benzodiazepine overdose is most dangerous in combination with other sedative-hypnotics.
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