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4 Drugs That Interact with Anxiety Meds

If you suffer from anxiety, panic disorder, or insomnia, your doctor may have prescribed you what’s known as benzodiazepines (or benzos). This class of drugs contains popular brands such as Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), and Klonopin (clonazepam). They essentially act as a tranquilizer, relaxing, and sedating the user. …

Anxiety Disorder Fast Facts

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, but for some people, it can become overwhelming and debilitating. People with anxiety disorders feel apprehensive and uneasy, and it’s common for them to experience negative thoughts that make them more fearful. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): More than…

7 Natural Remedies to Relieve Anxiety

You don’t have to reach for medication to find relief from anxiety. Find out what natural remedies relieve anxiety and can help you, without the side effects of drugs. It’s human nature to feel anxious at certain times, like on the first day of a new job or while giving a…

Kava for Anxiety- Separating Fact from Fiction

As stressed-out Americans look for ways to relax, some are heading to kava bars that are popping up around the country, while others are using kava supplements as a means to reduce anxiety.

Feeling Anxious? Depressed? Check Your Meds

If you find yourself feeling on edge for no apparent reason while taking a cold medicine or diuretic, you most likely wouldn’t connect the two. However, anxiety happens to be just one of many mood-altering symptoms that can be brought on by certain meds. “Many medications, whether prescribed or found…

Increased risk of homicide linked with use of certain painkillers

Researchers in Finland analyzed data on the impact that prescription drug use had on 959 convicted murderers, prior to them committing murder. One such drug, benzodiazepines, used to treat anxietyand insomnia, increased the likelihood by 45% that a person would commit a homicide. The greatest increase was associated with opiate painkillers, which…

Anxiety drugs may be overprescribed for older women

A new study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, found that in 2008, 12% of women over 80 were taking benzodiazepines. These drugs have been linked to an increased risk of both falls and dementia and, according to the American Geriatrics Society, should be avoided in…

Q&A: Scott Stossel and His Age of Anxiety

Scott Stossel knows about prescription drugs and their side effects. Since the age of 10, he has been treated with a cornucopia of medicines to address severe anxiety caused by a long list of phobias, including separation anxiety, fear of vomiting, flying, and vomiting while flying and, less common, cheese….

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