Anxiety can be treated with the help of anti-anxiety drugs. These drugs provide the user a temporary relief from their concerns and worries. It is often best to treat anxiety however the medications are not a ‘cure all’ if that is the case sometimes the user may be driven to intake severe medication.

You can take the help of your medical adviser when you feel that your anxiety is overwhelming you. After you consult your doctor, look up the internet and read about the medication both its effects and side effects and then think about whether you can carry on with the intake of the medication. It is necessary to keep yourself informed about the anti-depressants because your experts may not share everything with you. Here you can find a list of things that your experts don’t tell you,

Tranquilizers or Benzodiazepines

Any doctor would go for this type of medication first. Ativan, Klonopin, Valium and Xanax are the brand names that the medications come under. The effectiveness of the medication takes place quite fast and they yield better results. But there are also side effects that the user may not be aware of,

Tranquilizers tend to cause

  • Fatigue
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Speech issues
  • Symptoms of dementia
  • Digestive problems
  • Depression

It can even worse sometimes that is much more than the actual ailment. Tranquilizers may also cause,

  • Aggression
  • Rage
  • Mania
  • Hallucinations

Addiction can also occur in certain types of medication such as,

Anti depressants

These are also prescribed for anxiety and come under the brand names of Paxil, Celexa, Prozac Lexapro, and Zoloft. They cause side effects such as weight gain, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, digestive issues, and nervousness. Suicidal thoughts are one of the worst side effects and instead of recovering they move deeper into anxiety and depression. Keeping all these in mind newly introduced anti-depressant drugs prescribed are BuSpar or Buspirone.

BuSpar function to boost the serotonin production levels in the brain and it is a mild tranquilizer. It differs from the others in the duration and speed of the effectiveness which is slow compared to the other anti-depressant drugs. Another benefit of this drug is it is not addictive and the withdrawal effects are very much lesser compared to the other drugs. Common side effects of Buspar are dry mouth, dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, feeling tired, Sore throat, and digestive issues.


Beta-blockers are also named as beta-adrenergic blocking agents to treat a variety of conditions such as migraines and high blood pressure, however, it is also prescribed for the anti-anxiety medicinal drug. Name brands are  Sectral, Tenormin, Zebeta, Lopressor, Corgard, Bystolic. The medication works by blocking the stress hormone norepinephrine and it calms the nerves as its side effects. It curbs all the sensations that cause the blood pressure to rise such as rapid heartbeat. This drug helps to get rid of the anxiety that arises due to phobias. The side effects are minimal for middle-aged groups though people above the age of 65, pregnant women and those who are susceptible to drug abuse are at a greater risk.

Go for alternatives also

Try changing your lifestyle, eating healthy food and being active as an alternative before going for medications that are risky or costly

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