Felicity and Julie are at a computer and they seem to be looking at web site with information about prescription drugs. Felicity reads, "Diazepam. That was one of his prescriptions. It says here it's a sleeping pill." Julie responds, "Well, that's not so bad. Lots of people take sleeping pills. What's the other one? Um, Flurazepam." Felicity says, "Yeah. It's for anxiety and panic attacks. God, I'm the worst daughter. I mean, this morning at Dean & Deluca, I was so preoccupied that I barely paid attention to what he was saying. I haven't called him once in the last two weeks." Dr. Julie declares, "Everybody goes through hard times. He's gonna be okay." A pensive Felicity says, "I don't know." Julie leaves.
Again, I will caution you that I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on MBTV, but I did a little research about Diazepam and Flurazepam. Both are part of the same family of drugs, which are known as benzodiazepines. Diazepam, a.k.a. Valium, is an amnestic, an antipanic agent, an antitremor agent, a sedative-hypnotic, and a skeletal muscle relaxant adjunct. Flurazepam is also and sedative-hypnotic. I got the following information about benzodiazepines from http://health.philly.com/pharmacy:
Benzodiazepines (ben-zoe-dye-AZ-e-peens) belong to the group of medicines called central nervous system (CNS) depressants (medicines that slow down the nervous system). Some benzodiazepines are used to relieve anxiety. However, benzodiazepines should not be used to relieve nervousness or tension caused by the stress of everyday life. Some benzodiazepines are used to treat insomnia (trouble in sleeping). However, if used regularly (for example, every day) for insomnia, they usually are not effective for more than a few weeks. Many of the benzodiazepines are used in the treatment of other conditions, also. Diazepam is used to help relax muscles or relieve muscle spasm. Diazepam injection is used before some medical procedures to relieve anxiety and to reduce memory of the procedure. Chlordiazepoxide, clorazepate, diazepam, and oxazepam are used to treat the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Alprazolam and clonazepam are used in the treatment of panic disorder. Clobazam, clonazepam, clorazepate, and diazepam are used in the treatment of certain convulsive (seizure) disorders, such as epilepsy. The benzodiazepines may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Benzodiazepines may be habit-forming (causing mental physical dependence), especially when taken for a long time or in high doses.