Benzodiazepines promise to quickly relieve anxiety. They are extremely prevalent in the psychiatric community, are used by many, and are manufactured by the hundreds of thousands. They are also very old: Diazepam, also known by its brand name Valium, has been marketed by the pharmaceutical giant Hoffmann-La Roche since the early 1960’s. Many doctors and other licensed practitioners prescribe these drugs to anyone who comes to them with anxiety symptoms. Desperate for relief, those patients who are prescribed Xanax, Valium, or similar drugs eagerly take them. There are many individuals who suffer from chronic anxiety and anxiety disorders who require these drugs on a daily basis, unaware of the harm that they do. They were misled by their doctors and the psychiatric community as a whole.
Doctors who prescribe benzodiazepines for the long term treatment of anxiety deserve to be stripped of their licenses. It is the very definition of medical malpractice to prescribe a treatment regimen which does not treat the underlying problem and instead introduces a number of potentially deadly side effects, along with the inducement of chemical dependency and a lengthy, possibly lethal withdrawal. It seems that doctors are entirely uneducated about the true effects of benzodiazepines. That is why you need to know the facts so that you may protect yourself.
How do benzodiazepines work?
Firstly, we need to examine the biological and chemical actions of these drugs. Benzodiazepines achieve their temporary anxiolytic effect primarily by enhancing the action of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) at the GABAA receptor, thereby achieving an anxiolytic and sedative effect in the patient. That is, for most individuals. In some instances, this class of drugs may actually cause a paradoxical effect in the patient, thus causing them to feel even more anxious. Benzodiazepines are considered “positive allosteric modulators.” Other modulators of this type are ethanol (alcohol), barbiturates, and neuroactive steroids.
Dangerous side effects
While the following list is by no means exhaustive, it should give you a clear idea as to how dangerous these drugs can be.
- Paradoxical effects in some individuals: aggression, irritability, increased anxiety
- Decreased IQ in the long term
- Loss of sex drive
- Chronic anxiety and depression
- Alexithymia (the inability to properly describe and express emotions and feelings)
- Death from withdrawal
There are numerous and safe alternatives to benzodiazepines. Natural Anxiety Meds is dedicated to seeking out and documenting these safe and natural remedies. Our Natural Remedies Database provides a constantly-updated list of all our documented findings.
At the end of the day, we are responsible for ourselves. Doctors should not be trusted blindly. You should examine all medications prescribed to you and conduct your own research before taking them. No stone should be left unturned.
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