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    Introduction to Anti-Anxiety Medications

    There are some individuals that may truly suffer from anxiety and uneasy feelings on a regular basis.  These feelings can be very uncomfortable and they can cause a great deal of complications for the person that is experiencing them on a regular basis.  Because these feelings can actually result in some very negative consequences such as high blood pressure, constant headaches, or even a heart attack, it is very important to make sure that individuals take the time to learn about anti-anxiety medications and how they may be able to help them.

    Basic Facts and Information:

    1.)     There are a lot of different medications that are used to treat anxiety, however the most important group of anti-anxiety medications are benzodiazepines.

    2.)    Many people like benzodiazepines because they seem to have very positive effects with these medications shortly after they start taking them.  They also seem to have very little side effects and that is something else that many people really seem to like.

    3.)    Benzodiazepines may cause some individuals to be very tired during the day when they first start taking them.  This can make it very difficult for someone that usually drives a lot, or needs to operate machines for a living.  So, if you are taking these medications and you believe that you are having a hard time staying awake, you need to speak to your doctor immediately.

    4.)    Most individuals will being taking this medication at a very low dose.  Then, the longer that the person is one the medication, the doctors will actually begin increasing the amount that is to be taken.

    5.)    Each person that takes these medications will have different experiences and results with them.  There are some people that will need to take the medication two or three times a day in order to get any effects but others will only have to take the medication one time per day.  Everyone is different.

    6.)    Many people do not realize it but these medications are given to individuals in order to be taken for a very short amount of time.  Actually some people may only take them for a few days, or even a few weeks.  However, there are times when people are given these medications to be taken on an as needed basis. They are only to be taken when the person is suffering from very serious anxiety.

    7.)    When people stop taking these medications abruptly, without speaking to their doctor, they may actually experience some very serious side effects.  These could include:

    a.       Seizures

    b.      Headaches

    c.       Shakiness

    d.      Dizziness

    e.      Loss of appetite

    f.        Trouble sleeping

    If you are having a very difficult time with anxiety and you think that you need medication for

    your symptoms you should always consider speaking to your doctor.  This is the best way to be evaluated for medication.  This is also a great time to let your doctor know about any other medications that you may be on so that they will be able to tell ensure that the anti-anxiety medication they give you will not interfere with any other medications that you are taking.  Again, never start or stop taking medications without speaking to a doctor first.