Clonazepam (Klonopin®) is used for social phobia and GAD, lorazepam (Ativan®) is helpful for panic disorder, and alprazolam (Xanax®) is useful for both panic disorder and GAD.
Some people experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking benzodiazepines abruptly instead of tapering off, and anxiety can return once the medication is stopped. These potential problems have led some physicians to shy away from using these drugs or to use them in inadequate doses.
Buspirone (Buspar®), an azapirone, is a newer anti-anxiety medication used to treat GAD. Possible side effects include dizziness, headaches, and nausea. Unlike benzodiazepines, buspirone must be taken consistently for at least 2 weeks to achieve an anti-anxiety effect."
Benzodiazepines addiction has quietly devastated millions of lives, across all living generations, from the young to the old, for almost a half century. It is a national health crisis that has raged silently, without a voice, for decades without national coverage - Yet elsewhere in the world the Benzo battle is raging on.
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Despite repeated recommendations to limit benzodiazepines to short-term use, doctors worldwide are still prescribing them for months or years. This over-prescribing has resulted in large populations of long-term users who have become chronically addicted and dependent on benzodiazepines.
Benzodiazepines are very addictive. Extended use of benzodiazepines will alter the chemical pathology of the brain. If you stop taking benzodiazepines suddenly the brain will take action to normalize the neurochemistry. Rebound symptoms and benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome are often the result.