Stress and Anxiety

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Monday, 1 March 2010

What Side Effects To Look Out For When Using Anxiety Treating Drugs

Sometimes using anxiety treating drugs might cause undesirable side effects along with its required effects. If these occur, you immediately need to consult your doctor. People suffering from anxiety disease are sometimes caught unaware of the fact that the unusual changes in their physical or mental state have been caused by the medication itself.

The drugs which are prescribed for the medication of anxiety treatment are known to produce unwanted side effects. Hence, it becomes exceedingly important that you identify those side effects which are associated with particular drugs, some of which could even be quite dangerous.

Given below are some of the very common side effects, associated with various drugs which you need to look out for, while using anxiety treating drugs to be on the safer side:


People take Aminophylline to get cured of anxiety related problems like shortness of breath and to keep down asthma like symptoms in chronic bronchitis. However, in some cases it has been found that after a prolonged usage of this drug people start getting side effects like nervousness, palpitation and dizziness. If you feel, you have any such symptoms mentioned earlier, then it’s a thing to get alarmed and you must talk to your doctor.

Heterocyclic Antidepressants

Similarly Heterocyclic antidepressants are basically used in the treatment of depression and panic attacks. While the side effects which it can lead to are irregular heart beat and dizziness. The Antidyskinetics drugs are given when patient is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Its side effects are intense anxiety and dizziness. The Anticholinergic drugs like Atropine are one of those anxiety treating drugs which produce an unusually high heartbeat.

beta-Z adrenergic agents

Inhaler forms of beta-Z adrenergic agents are prescribed to get relief from anxiety, coupled with bronchial asthma associated with chronic bronchitis. The side effects which arise due to its usage are shaky hands, increased anxiousness, rapid heartbeat and dizziness.


Cycloserine is a popular anxiety treating drug, which is given to anxiety disorder patients and the side effects associated with it are restlessness, confusion and irritability.


A drug named Digitalis is used to enhance the strength of the heart or to regulate the irregular rate of heartbeat.
Individuals with anxiety disorder are particularly sensitive to the activating effects associated with initiation of SSRIs (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and other antidepressants, such as insomnia, restlessness, jitteriness, and agitation. Should these adverse effects occur without prior patient preparation, early treatment discontinuation may result.


Clomipramine is an effective anti-obsessive drug but still not been in use nowadays because of its sometime troubling side effects like nausea, agitation, insomnia, tremor, hyperkinesias and decreased appetite.


Another common anxiety treating drug Fluoxetine has side effects like tremor, nervousness, insomnia, nausea, anorexia, delayed orgasm and asthenia.

The sedative anti-anxiety drugs have quite distinct side effects from novel anti-anxiety drugs: including euphoriant, anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant action. The side effects profile varies from drug to drug but is qualitatively the same for all and it is of utmost importance for every anxiety disorder patient to look out for the above mentioned side effects when using any anxiety treating drug.

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