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Anxiety Medication – 2 Precautions Before You Take Medicines

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anxiety medicationWith more and more people every year suffering from some form of anxiety disorder, getting a prescription for one of the many anxiety medications that are out there can mean the all the difference for many of them.

But regardless of the specific medications used, there are some things you should take into account both before and during treatment.

1. Talk to Your Doctor

The first step is to go and talk to your doctor. He will likely have many questions to ask you as part of his diagnostic procedure. If he does diagnose you with an anxiety disorder, there are some things you should discuss before the prescription is written. If improperly prescribed or used, anxiety medications can be dangerous. Some things you should be sure and talk to your doctor about include:

Full medical history: Your doctor should have a copy of your full medical history. If not, be sure and discuss anything that you have been diagnosed with or prescribed already. Your family medical history and any medical conditions you have should also be brought up; certain anxiety medications can be dangerous to people with, say, a heart condition or predisposition towards one.

Any medications you are currently on: Provide a full list of everything you are taking to your doctor. Some anxiety medications can produce an adverse reaction in combination with other medications.

Addiction issues: Be sure and tell your doctor if you have had trouble with addictions in the past. While this will not preclude you from taking anxiety medications, it lets your doctor know that the course of treatment should be more closely monitored for signs of dependency.

2. Things To Keep In Mind During Treatment

Anxiety medications are fantastic for alleviating the symptoms of your anxiety disorder. But the for the medication to have the most effect, there are some things to keep in mind.

Take medication as prescribed: This is extremely important. Some anxiety medications are cyclic drugs, which means they take time to start working. Do not stop taking the medication because it doesn’t appear to be working, and don’t take more than prescribed in an attempt to cause an effect. Follow the dosage amounts carefully, and pay attention to any special instructions, such as “only with food” or “2 hours before eating”.

Report any side effects: If you experience any side effects, tell your doctor immediately. Some anxiety medications can cause serious side effects in some people. In some cases, emergency medical treatment may be required (such as a previously unknown allergic reaction).

Discuss any new medications: Make sure that the prescribing doctor knows about any new medications that you are using. This includes herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications. It is better to be safe than sorry when mixing medicines.

When properly used, anxiety medications can provide the help a person needs to get through their anxiety disorder and on the road to recovery. But improperly using or abusing your anxiety medication can cause serious problems, and may worsen your condition in the long run. So follow directions, and keep in touch with your doctor.

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    • Jhon Terry said:

      Anxiety disorders are a unique group of illnesses that fill people’s lives with persistent, excessive, and unreasonable anxiety, worry, and fear. They include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and specific phobias. Although anxiety disorders are serious medical conditions, they are treatable.
      An anxiety disorder and a co-occurring chronic pain disease can make a person’s health more difficult to treat. But a variety of treatments and lifestyle changes can offer relief. Possible health complications are noted below:
      •Increased disability or reduced functioning
      *Poorer quality of life
      •Poorer response to treatment
      •Poorer treatment adherence
      •Increased perception of disease severity
      Chronic pain sufferers who also have an anxiety disorder may have lower pain tolerance or a lower pain threshold, this indicated findrxonline in article. People with an anxiety disorder may be more sensitive to medication side effects or more fearful of harmful side effects of medication than chronic pain suffers who aren’t anxious, and they may also be more fearful of pain than someone who experiences pain without anxiety.

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