Antianxiety Medication

If you suffer from any form of anxiety, you know that it can put a great strain on your life. The best way to get rid of anxiety is to seek help from a professional therapist, who will be able to truly get to the bottom of the cause, and work to eliminate it. Therapy is sometimes well accompanied by antianxiety medicine as well. Medication should be viewed not as a long-term cure, nor should it be used alone without therapy. To get optimal results and the best mental health, therapy should be used to achieve permanent, long-term results, and medicine should be used to help you cope and ease symptoms.

Common antiolytics (another name for antianxiety or antipanic medications) include:

  • Benzodiazepines
  • SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors)
  • Azapirones
  • Barbituates
  • Hydroxyzine
  • Pregabalin
  • Herbal treatments
  • Over-the-counter drugs

What are the Risk Factors of Antianxiety Medication?

The choice to include antianxiety medicine to your treatment program should be made between you and your psychiatrist, as it is a very important decision that comes with real risk factors. Some antianxiety medications can be addictive, and should be used in the most responsible way possible. This is why it is important to not use medication for an extended period of time. Along with the risk of addiction, certain side effects can occur even when the medicine is taken responsibly. These side effects include drowsiness, slurred speech, clumsiness, confusion, depression, forgetfulness, nausea and blurred vision, to name a few. Sometimes, side effects like mania, aggressiveness, hostility and impulsive behavior can happen.

Is Anxiety Medication Right for You?

When deciding whether or not to implement antianxiety medicine into your treatment, ask yourself these questions: Am I ready to put up with adverse side effects? Is medication the best option for my problem? Am I willing to use therapy along with medicine? Are there any self-help strategies that could help me? Of course, it will be necessary to discuss the possibility of taking medication with your doctor. Be sure to ask any questions you may have, and be completely educated about your decision.

During the Medication Process

Once you have decided to take an antianxiety medicine, it’s important to still actively work to eliminate anxiety. Your medicine shouldn’t be viewed as a cure-all and that there’s nothing else to do. First, it can take time, so be patient. Continue to see your doctor and continue your therapy. Make sure to be aware of the side effects, talking to your doctor if they seem out of the ordinary or too intense. It’s important to avoid alcohol and other drugs, and commit to your goal of a healthy, happy lifestyle.

If you think antianxiety medication is a good option for you, talk to your doctor or therapist about it. Once you have reached an informed decision, continue to seek therapy. With your hard work, you can escape the strain of anxiety.

View Resources

  • HelpGuide.org – Informational guide for antianxiety medicine, including risk factors and side effects.
  • AntiAnxietyMedications.org – Various articles and links to information about anxiety medication.
  • Wikipedia – Wikipedia article for antiolytics, another name for antianxiety medicines.

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