Benzodiazepine Overdose and Management - 19-GANN-F3-0165

Benzodiazepine Overdose and Management

by Nicole M. Schroeder, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP
(4.7 / 210 ratings )

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

Price: $5.00
CE-PRO Price: $2.50


The use of benzodiazepines as sedatives and hypnotic agents dates back decades. Benzodiazepines have become one of the most popular and widely prescribed medication classes due to their versatility in managing various diseases. Benzodiazepines are approved for use in patients diagnosed with insomnia, anxiety, seizures, alcohol withdrawal, and muscle spasms. They may be used in combination with other medications for light sedation and anesthesia. This class of medications is also used off-label for drug-induced movement disorders, agitation, intractable hiccups, nausea, and vomiting. When used for a limited amount of time with appropriate dosing, benzodiazepines are considered safe and effective medications. However, they also have become one of the most highly misused and abused prescribed medications. Benzodiazepines are commonly associated with substance abuse and overdose, especially when used in combination with other sedatives and opioids.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide pharmacists with a complete and thorough overview of the uses of benzodiazepines and risks associated with misuse and overdose. This updated CE module provides important information needed to identify, treat, and prevent benzodiazepine overdose. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Summarize the pharmacologic mechanism of action and therapeutic uses of benzodiazepines
  • Develop treatment and management plans for benzodiazepine overdose
  • Identify prevention methods to decrease the risk of overdose from benzodiazepines

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including pharmacists and EMTs/paramedics.
EMTs/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, a Relias LLC company, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
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I understand that OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records may be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.

Course Originally Released on: 5/22/2014
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/18/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/29/2022

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

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


For Florida professionals:

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Janelle T - Anaheim, CA  ·  May 20, 2020
Great refresher course
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Sierra L - kanab, UT  ·  May 20, 2020
very informational.
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Jason A - port charlotte, FL  ·  May 14, 2020
great course very good information
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Denisse M - Riverview, FL  ·  May 14, 2020
great would highly recommend to anyone
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Brooke T - Peoria, AZ  ·  May 12, 2020
i really enjoyed this course, great course!
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Price: $5.00
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