What are Anxiolytics and How do they work in the brain?

April 17, 2017 108 4 No Comments

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Anxiolytic drugs are a temporary remedy that artificially removes the symptoms of anxiety, but doesn’t fix the underlying cause of the anxiety. Which can lead to chemical dependency.

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On this episode of Tips and Tools, Dr. Vazquez and Dr. Gharadjedaghi discuss the developmental growth of anxiety and the effects of different anxiolytic drugs, as well as the Anxiolytic side effects such as withdraws.

Anxiety, a state of mind characterized by sensation and emotion of frustration and agitation. When anxiety is overwhelming, people often turn to an external source for alleviation. This comes in the form of anxiolytics drugs.

Anxiolytics such as barbiturates, benzodiazepines, beta blocker and even alcohol work in the brain by increasing GABA neurotransmitters, leading to a reduction of worries and agitation, lowering anxiety. Dependency can develop due to over relying on an external source of anxiolytics, reducing the ability to the brain’s ability to cope, leading to withdrawal.

Anxiolytic side effects can include: drowsiness and dizziness. Other side effects include lowered blood pressure, slowed breathing, and problems involving memory.

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