In today’s society with the numbers of individuals dealing with anxiety, stress, depression and other debilitating illness’ such as these the number of anti-anxiety prescriptions being written is staggering. Some people even say that medications are grossly over prescribed even incases that could be solved using alternative options. These types of medications are the 5th and 6th highest selling medications in the world.
While these types of anti-anxiety medication are helpful in some cases and forms of anxiety related illnesses they should not be considered as a cure.
It is being revealed that most clients are not informed of the short and long term affects of these medications. Many disturbing facts are emerging about these medications. Some have been known to cause serious side effects including the risk of suicide in certain cases, they an increase the symptoms of anxiety and depression in some cases, in up to as much as 50% of cases they are completely ineffective, some are as addictive as most narcotics, and serious withdrawal can occur upon discontinuation.
Other general side effects include, dry mouth, constipation, weight gain, bladder troubles, sexual dysfunction, blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, increased heart rate, heart palpitations, nausea, nervousness and insomnia, agitation, and even nightmares. Add some of these side effects on top of the already disturbed effects of anxiety and depression and this can leave the individual in a state of overwhelming fear and possibly worse than when they began treatment.
With the amazingly high number of individuals that state the medication did absolutely nothing for the underlying issues it seems that these medications are being prescribed for the wrong people, the wrong symptoms, and for all the wrong reasons. The horrible truth is that even more severe effects have been reported. People in certain cases have experienced fever, confusion, muscle rigidity, and cardiac, liver,or kidney problems.
In rare cases suicide and homicidal rages have been blamed on anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drug use. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) stated that several recent scientific publications suggest the possibility of increased risk for suicidal behavior in adults who are being treated with these types of drugs. And this concern has lead the FDA to mandate black box warning labels on all anti-anxiety/depressant drugs disclosing this risk.
When it comes to your health and safety use caution and consider all of the facts. Use your best judgement and do the homework. Just because the prescription is in your hand doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed the opportunity to find out what it is you will be taking. There are always other options. With the help of friends and family and the dtrong will hat we all have inside, positive change can be made, and it can be made without the risk of terrible side effects. Be informed and be careful.