Benzodiazepines and Anxiety
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When: Thursday, July 26th, 2018, at 5:30 PM Eastern U.S. Time
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What symptoms benzodiazepines are prescribed for:
- Panic attacks
- Muscle spasms
- Withdrawal from alchohol or other drugs
Possible benefits of these medications:
- Quick relief from anxiety and panic attacks.
- Benzodiazepines can be taken as needed. For example, they can be taken during a panic attack or an overwhelming, stressful situation.
Risks of taking benzodiazepines:
- When taking benzodiazepines over a long period of time, higher doses are required to obtain the same effect of the drug because of tolerance.
- Combined with other drugs, benzodiazepines may result in over-sedation, respitory depression or risk of overdose.
- These medications cause disinhibition which results in behavior problems and risk taking activities.
- Long term use of benzodiazepines have shown to cause depression, cognitive impairment and dementia in some people.
- When stopped abruptly after taking for a period of time, a person may have a seizure related to benzodiazepine withdrawal.
- There is abuse potential with these medications and the possibilty of becoming addicted.
- Long term use can prevent personal development of non-medication coping skills.
Alternative treatments for anxiety:
- Cognitive behaviorial therapy.
- Dialectical behavioral therapy.
- Mindfulness based stress reduction.
- Breathing techniques.
- Arts and crafts including knitting, painting, scrap booking, photography, etc.
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