Anxiolytic drugs

Anxiolytic drugs such as benzodiazepine are best taken only when symptoms actually occur, or shortly before the patient has to face an anxiety-provoking situation. Regular medication encourages tolerance and dependence, and for this reason benzodiazepines are recommended for short-term use only. Unfortunately, because of fears of addiction, these drugs may now be in danger of being underused. In patients with stable personality, with a likely short-term situation such as acute distress following bereavement to deal with, they can be a safe and effective treatment.

For the small minority of chronic severe sufferers who have tried and failed with other treatments, long-term benzodiazepine treatment may be the least problematic therapeutic option.

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