Anxiety is defined as the state of feeling anxious, restless or disturbed. It is a basic human emotion which everyone experiences from time to time. These instances can range from facing a problem at work, before taking a test or making an important decision. However, anxiety can also be in the form of anxiety disorders whereby the body is experiencing this emotion without any particular instance. This creates a lot of hindrance in life because the person is not thinking clearly, is always worried or scared and is overwhelmed most of the time. There are a number of drugs available in the market today that help treat anxiety disorders, but most people are unaware of the many side effects these causes. The side effects are both short and long term, and if such medicines are consumed on a regular basis, the side effects can also turn into other complications.
These drugs are addictive
This means that the more you take these drugs, the more dependent your brain is on its effect and you take greater doses with time. This is because the contents of these medications lead to downregulation of your brain’s sensitivity to GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) once you have started with these medications, it is very difficult to get off them especially with the increasing passage of time. Withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, irritability, extreme anxiety, and panic attacks
Various studies have shown that in the long term these medications can cause serious harm to your memory. This is because they contain chemicals which affect those parts of your brain which are responsible for storing your memory.
Anti-anxiety medications have been known to cause heart problems especially for those with possible cardiovascular diseases. A probable reason for this is that it contains chemicals and substances that destroy your arteries or interfere with other medications to damage your heart.
Worsening of symptoms
This is a paradoxical situation with these anti-anxiety drugs. Many subjects have been known to experience a worsening of their symptoms of anxiety disorders such as restlessness, panic attacks or feeling helpless. This side effect can cause serious harm to the neurological and psychological systems of the body.
This is amongst the most common side effects of anti-anxiety medications. Sexual dysfunctions may be from erectile dysfunction, free mature ejaculation or low libido.
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