Anxiety is a common symptom that many feel on certain occasions like facing an exam or addressing a speech or even visiting the doctor or getting a procedure being done.
Drugs that decrease anxiety are called as anxiolytic medications. They are commonly prescribed by doctors for a variety of problems like insomnia, panic attacks and severe anxiousness. Anxiety at certain times is considered normal.
But if this anxiety is exaggerated, it can become a serious problem. Severe anxiety that mandates use of anxiolytic medication usually causes severe sweating; with palpitations where the heart starts pounding fast and the even the blood pressure increases.
Anxiolytic medications that are commonly in use belong to the class of drugs called as the benzodiazepines. The common anxiolytic medications belonging to benzodiazipines are midazolam, alprazolam, lorazepam and diazepam.
Although alpazolam commonly called as alprax is a commonly prescribed anxiolytic medication, its use in more amounts is also helpful to treat sleeplessness.
Although safe in their prescribed dosage, anxiolytic medications when used in excess can result in dependence on them for getting sleep.
They are also tending to taken in over dosages by the patients. Overdose of anxiolytic medications can result in respiratory depression and may ultimately result in death.
These medications are commonly used by patients of depression to commit suicides and hence any patient taking anxiolytic medications should be monitored properly and should be educated to avoid any over dosage.