What should I be aware of before I start taking anti-anxiety medication?
Before you start taking anti-anxiety medication, you should have a thorough work-up with your doctor, so you know all the risks and benefits. In this video, psychiatrist Sue Varma, MD, explains some of the risks and side effects of taking these meds.
Before you start taking anti-anxiety medication,
you should have a very open and honest conversation with your doctor to let them know how frequently are you feeling anxious, what are your symptoms.
And it's important to get a thorough medical history and a physical to make sure that there are no medical reasons contributing. For example, something like hyperthyroidism
could contribute to anxiety and would have a very different treatment path. It's important that you discuss with your doctor risks,
benefits, and alternatives. So risks of benzodiazepines may be a potential of becoming addicted.
Sometimes in high doses, a person might even become depressed from taking benzodiazepines, sleep problems, delirium, falls, overdose, in rare cases
if you withdraw too quickly you can have withdrawal symptoms, which include seizures. So these are very powerful medications, but they can also have very dangerous side effects.
So it's very important to know what you're getting into before you take the benzodiazepines.