Using drugs to treat your anxiety should be the very last thing you resort to. Altering your brain in such ways can have long-lasting and severe side effects. There are a few different kinds of anti-anxiety drugs but the most common are Benzodiazepines (also known as tranquilizers). These are fast acting and very effective while experiencing a panic attack or overwhelming anxiety but the cons outweigh the pros, especially when there are alternative treatments.
Possible side-effects of anti-anxiety medication (tranquilizers) include: drowsiness, clumsiness, slow reflexes, slurred speech, confusion and disorientation, depression, dizziness and lightheadedness, impaired thinking and judgment, memory loss and forgetfulness, nausea and upset stomach, and blurred or double vision.
Typically the higher the dose, the worse the above side effects become although even low doses can sometimes effect people in severe ways. These can impair driving and cause problems with many other everyday activities.
Benzodiazepines in particular are metabolized very slowly, which causes the medication to build up in the body when used over a long period of time. This can result in over-sedation, which can make the user look like they are drunk. Although the anxiety may be improved, many long-time users of tranquilizers also suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts.
The drugs can also cause emotional numbness where the user no longer feels pleasure or pain. The best way to treat anxiety is by removing it, not masking it.
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