Benzodiazepine Overdose and Management - 14-GANN-F3-0165

Benzodiazepine Overdose and Management

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD and Dawn Demangone-Yoon, MD
(4.5 / 125 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
CE-PRO Price: $2.50


Benzodiazepines are one of the oldest sedatives and hypnotic drugs available. These medications were first introduced into the market in the early 1960s; since then, they have become one of the most widely prescribed medications. Benzodiazepines have a wide variety of uses, ranging from treatment of anxiety, insomnia and alcohol withdrawal to use as muscle relaxants and in anesthesia. They can also be combined with other medications for light sedation. When used at the right doses and for short periods, the benzodiazepines are relatively safe and very effective. However, over the past three decades, benzodiazepines have also become one of the drugs that is most abused by people of all ages. In addition, these drugs are frequently associated with overdose, either when used alone or in combination with other agents.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide pharmacists, pharmacy technologists, physicians and paramedics with accurate information about benzodiazepines, their pharmacology, and benzodiazepine overdose and its management. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the pharmacology and therapeutic uses of benzodiazepines
  • Describe the symptoms of benzodiazepine overdose
  • List the steps in management of a patient with benzodiazepine overdose

Approval Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists, pharmacy technologists, physicians and paramedics.
Paramedics: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Advanced CEH by OnCourse Learning, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
This course is also approved by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (provider # 50-1489) for 04/10/2015 to 12/01/2016.

Course Originally Released on: 5/22/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/26/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/26/2017

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Cody T - Barberton, OH  ·  Aug 10, 2017
It was very informative information to be learned.
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James W - Akron, OH  ·  Jul 28, 2017
Excellent infrmation on the use and treatment of
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David J - Altadena, CA  ·  Jul 26, 2017
This class will help me with my knowledge with overdosing on Benzodiazpine Rx and mixing them with alcohol.
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Pedro F - Orlando, FL  ·  Jul 19, 2017
Great review on Benzos, epidemiology and how people mix them with other intoxicants.
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Wendy K - Pueblo, CO  ·  Jul 17, 2017
Lots of material, but I felt the reading material was too short
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Price: $5.00
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