The easy availability of such drugs does not at all mean they are generic drugs that cater to the treatment of all sorts of anxiety disorders. Patients are not encouraged to purchase these drugs over the counter and are advised to seek medical consultation to determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Only medical professionals in the relevant field could prescript the accurate medication for best results.
People who simply purchase drugs over the counter without consultation might purchase an unsuitable drug with severe consequences. Patients who have tried Benzodiazepine and felt relieved instantly due to its instant effects in the body and continue to consume the drug in the view of speeding the recovery. However, these people have no knowledge that the drug is addictive and would cause seizures if the supply of such medication is discontinued after a continuous period.
Serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors or more commonly referred to as SSRIs belongs to another category of antidepressant drug. These drugsare preferred among patients for its effectiveness in lowering acute anxiety. Furthermore, SSRIs have low addiction levels and the subtle side effects compared to other medication. The natural level of serotonin is increased to maximum level by the SSRIs drug to treat depression.
The antidepressant drug Paxil seeks to prevent Serotonin which is a neurotransmitter that can influence a person’s feelings, from being reabsorbed by our body. This results in excess serotonin to fulfill the body’s need whenever necessary. Patients who consume such drugs could expect dry mouth and sleepiness as the side effects. However, one drawback of Paxil is that it takes about 2 to 6 weeks to have a significant effect on our system and patients who require instant results are not advised to be prescribed with Paxil.
There’s also the anti anxiety medication dopamine agonists, which increases the levels of dopamine in the brain. Like SSRIs dopamine agonists take a few weeks to show relief from anxiety. The side effects of this class of drugs, includes insomnia and extreme excitedness amongst others. The last type of anti anxiety medication that is currently being used is that of Buspar. This drug is a mild anti anxiety medication that has little to no reporting of addiction usage. Like SSRIs and dopamine agonists discussed earlier, Buspar takes a while for its medical properties to take effect.
As with anything else these medications can help you to restore some semblance of normality to your life, but as with all drugs and treatments you should first talk with a trained medical practitioner who can help you in choosing the best anti anxiety medication for you.