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									Understanding Anti Anxiety Medications

Anti anxiety medications might offer one quick solution to your anxiety
problems. These types of drugs include traditional anti-anxiety drugs
(benzodiazepines), as well as newer options like antidepressants and
beta-blockers. They can help reduce your anxiety while you undergo
therapy to get to the cause of the problem. However, it's important that
you understand that these types of drugs don't cure anxiety and they do
come with side effects. Long-term reliance on these medications is not

Benzodiazepines can reduce anxiety quickly--usually within an hour--so
they are a good option if you are having a panic or anxiety attack.
Alprazolam (brand name Xanax), clonazepam (brand name Klonopin), diazepam
(brand name Valium), and lorazepam (brand name Ativan) are in this
category of anti anxiety drugs. Side effects of benzodiazepines include
sleepiness, "fogginess", and/or a feeling of being uncoordinated, all of
which can cause problems if you need to be functional and alert.
Benzodiazepines take a long time to get metabolized. For this reason,
they can build up in your body if used for a long time. It you suffer
from this build up, the side effects worsen and you may develop slurred
speech, confusion, depression, dizziness, inability to think clearly and
reason, memory loss and nausea, the inability to "feel" anything.
Benzodiazepines decrease your anxiety but they also decrease feelings of
pleasure and pain.

The advantage of antidepressants versus traditional anti anxiety
medications is that the risk for dependency and abuse is less. However,
the downside of antidepressants is that they can take from 4 to 6 weeks
to give you relief from your anxiety--so, they are of no use to you if
you are having a panic attack, for example.

Most commonly prescribed antidepressants are SSRIs (selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitors) like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, and Celexa and
they are not without side effects: nausea, nervoursness, headaches,
sleepiness, sexual dysfunction, dizziness, nausea, and weight gain.

Buspirone (brand name BuSpar) works only for generalized anxiety
disorders (GAD). It relieves anxiety by increasing serotonin in the brain
(like SSRIs) and decreasing dopamine. Buspirone takes about two weeks to
kick into effect but it has its advantages: it's not as sedating, doesn't
negatively affect memory and coordination and it's minimally addictive.
It also has less serious side effects: nasuea, headaches, dizziness,
drowsiness, nausea, constipation, diarrhea and dry mouth.

Beta blockers are generally used to treat high blood pressure and heart
problems. But they can work for anxiety too by blocking the effects of
norepinephrine, a stress hormone involved in the fight-or-flight
response. Beta blockers control the physical symptoms of anxiety like
rapid heart rate, sweating, dizziness, and trembling voice and hands but
not the emotional side of anxiety.

The above information about anti anxiety medications does not substitute
medical advice given by a health professional.

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