Pondering antianxiety medicines

Sometimes, anti-anxiety drugs can alleviate some symptoms of fibromyalgia. Anxiety makes pain worse, so decreasing anxiety can be very helpful in pain control. If the drugs work, you have relief from some symptoms of fibromyal-gia, such as problems with sleeping. The drugs can also induce a level of calmness to combat the high stress that many people suffering from fibromyalgia experience.

Some anti-anxiety drugs are Valium (generic name: diazepam) and Xanax (generic name: alprazolam). Both of these are scheduled drugs because of their potential for addiction.

Some physicians may prescribe Klonopin (generic name: clonazepam). Sometimes, the drug Restoril (generic name: temazepam) is prescribed for patients with fibromyalgia. Other physicians may prescribe the antidepres-sants Paxil (generic name: paroxetine) or Prozac (generic name: fluoxetine) to treat anxiety.

Generally, low doses of anti-anxiety drugs are used to treat fibromyalgia. However, some people with fibromyalgia need higher doses of anti-anxiety drugs because their pain is strongly influenced by high levels of anxiety. (See Chapter 16 for more information on emotional problems, such as anxiety and depression, among people with fibromyalgia.)

Anti-anxiety drugs can be highly sedating, and they may also cause nightmares. Other side effects of these medications are dizziness and lightheaded-ness. Of even greater concern, some anti-anxiety drugs may be habit forming, particularly Xanax (generic name: alprazolam). As a result, they have the potential to become addicting if not taken properly. (Habit-forming is a lower level of addiction.)

(ftNG/ Don't take these drugs when you need to drive or operate equipment. Also, keep in mind the fact that, after you start taking one of these medications, you shouldn't stop them without consulting your physician. The reason: If a person who's used to taking the drug suddenly stops taking it, he may suffer from nausea/vomiting, racing heart beat, or other serious withdrawal effects.

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

With all the stresses and strains of modern living, panic attacks are become a common problem for many people. Panic attacks occur when the pressure we are living under starts to creep up and overwhelm us. Often it's a result of running on the treadmill of life and forgetting to watch the signs and symptoms of the effects of excessive stress on our bodies. Thankfully panic attacks are very treatable. Often it is just a matter of learning to recognize the symptoms and learn simple but effective techniques that help you release yourself from the crippling effects a panic attack can bring.

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