It is not clear whether benzodiazepines and hypnotics continue to be effective after months or years of daily use. Undoubtedly, many patients believe that they continue to benefit in being less anxious, or in sleeping better. The effect of the drug may be more to stop the anxiety or insomnia that follows withdrawal, however, than to combat any continuing, original anxiety. Most of the side effects lessen over time, a process known as tolerance. Some impairments, however, such as memory disturbances, may persist indefinitely, but patients usually come to terms with this—for example, by resorting to written reminders.
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