недеља, 14. децембар 2014.

BENZODIAZEPINE ADDICTION (Tranquilizer dependence)

The most commonly used drugs today are tranquilizers and the first on the list are benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are primarily used in the treatment of anxiety and they are much better known as anxiolytics or anxiolytic sedatives or tranquilizers. They have four basic functions - sedative, easing anxieties, the function of muscle relaxation function and release spasms.

How do benzodiazepines work?

Benzodiazepines have a calming effect. They relax us, but also make us sleepy at higher doses. Since benzodiazepines deplete brain function, they have a negative impact on mental and physical work. Accompanying effects include drowsiness, mild headache, lack of coordination and difficulty in movements, making it almost impossible to drive the car while you are taking pills or tablets. Some people have indicated that these pills cause agoraphobia. It is more than ironic, considering the fact that this type of tablets, which are initially created as a cure for anxiety, only induces a patient with a new fear.
Although benzodiazepines have a calming effect, in some people they can cause the opposite effect. Instead making them relax, they are make them overly active, and the person becomes excited or aggressive, and in some cases suicidal.
It is also noted that benzodiazepines increase the effects of alcohol and may increase the effects of other drugs such as sleeping pills, antidepressants and barbiturates which are often prescribed in combination with tranquilizers.

Addiction to benzodiazepines - symptoms of dependence

Real problems begin when you try to stop taking benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines act on the brain and produce dependence within a relatively short time (4 to 6 weeks!) If taken regularly. If you suddenly stop taking these tranquilizers, you feel severe anxiety, tension, panic attacks, nausea, tremors, increased heart rate, sweating and difficulty in sleeping, but that's only part of the symptoms. In extreme cases it can cause loss of real overview yourself (you feel like a 'zombie'), and become confused and end with a nervous breakdown or hallucinations. You feel like you'll go mad.

Since there are doctors who are not familiar with the fact that these symptoms are caused by chemical changes, they prescribe additional tranquilizers or antidepressants, which activates this sinister circuit again.

All this points to discouraging picture for people who are trying to quit tranquilizers and it is sad that they do not receive any support while trying to take back control of their lives, deciding to take these brave steps in their efforts to get rid of tablets or pills. On the other hand, patients need to know that their experience with this frightening withdrawal symptoms do not lead to madness, and that, if they persist, they have a greater chance to reject pills and symptoms that can occur as consequence.

Tranquilizers can be useful if taken over a shorter period of time, but it will never function as a true solution to the problem of anxiety. Instead of taking a pill, prefer to consult with a therapist to discover what causes anxiety. Only this way you can solve the underlying problem, and avoid dependence.