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Hi, this is from the CaroMount Health site:

Medications in the benzodiazepine family exert calming and sedative effects and are used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Benzodiazepines are also used as muscle relaxants and anticonvulsants. They work by increasing the effects of the neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger) GABA. Benzodiazepine drugs include

alprazolam (Xanax)
chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride (Libritabs, Librium, Limbitrol, Lipoxide, Mitran, Reposans-10, Sereen)
clonazepam (Klonopin)
clorazepate dipotassium (Gen-XENE, Tranxene-T, Tranxene-SD)
diazepam (Diastat, Valium, Valrelease, Vazepam)
estazolam (ProSom)
flurazepam hydrochloride (Dalmane, Durapam)
halazepam (Paxipam)
lorazepam (Ativan)
oxazepam (Serax)
quazepam (Doral)
temazepam (Razepam, Restoril, Temaz)
triazolam (Halcion)
and others

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Grapefruit Juice

Possible Harmful Interaction

Grapefruit juice slows the body's normal breakdown of several drugs, including some benzodiazepines, allowing them to build up to potentially dangerous levels in the blood.1 A recent study indicates this effect can last for 3 days or more following the last glass of juice.2

Because of this risk, if you take benzodiazepines, the safest approach is to avoid grapefruit juice altogether.