Everyone feels anxious from time to time. In fact, it is a very natural reaction to stressful situations that are part of our everyday lives such as; work, relationships, money problems, and world events.
When we feel anxious or fear, our bodies produce hormones like adrenalin and cortisone. These hormones help us deal with our stressful situations by increasing energy levels, and making the heart beat more quickly which allows us to react faster.
This natural process is normally corrected when the cause of the stress has gone away or been dealt with, but it can become a problem when the anxiety is extreme and lasts for an extended period. When anxiety disorders develop the anxiety can be debilitating and start to interfere with our daily lives, and even lead to depression.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - can happen after someone has experienced a traumatic event like a war, an assault, an accident, or disaster. Symptoms can include difficulty relaxing, distressing dreams or flashback memory of the event. PTSD is usually diagnosed when a person has symptoms for at least a month.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - is when a person has unwanted and uncountable thoughts and fears. Despite knowing that there is no reason for the anxiety, a person with OCD will try to control their fear by repeating certain actions and rituals.
Social Anxiety - is an intense fear of being, embarrassed, humiliated, or criticised in everyday situations such as, speaking or eating in public.
Phobias - are extreme fears of specific situations such as traveling on planes and crowded spaces, or particular things like insects and other animals.
General anxiety disorder (GAD) - is when people feel worried and anxiety not only in the normal stressful situations but most of the time. People who suffer from GAD can become very anxious about everyday events such as being late for a meeting.
Panic Attacks - are sudden and overwhelming periods of anxiety with symptoms such; breathing difficulties, heart palpitations, and excessive perspiration.
One of the most difficult aspects for people dealing with an anxiety disorder is feeling that no-one else can understand how bad it feels. However, a 2018 survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation found that as many as 74% of UK adults had struggled to cope with overwhelming stress and anxiety in that particular year.
With so many UK adults struggling with some form of anxiety, it is clear that these disorders are far more common than many people realize, Although, there are some common mental and physical symptoms, not everyone who has an anxiety disorder will experience it in the same way or have the same symptoms.
Mental symptoms of anxiety may include:
Physical symptoms of anxiety can include:
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms regularly and for several weeks, it is recommended that you consult your doctor as anxiety can lead to depression if left untreated.
If you suspect that you are struggling with anxiety, but are unsure if you have an actual anxiety disorder, there are several actions you can take before making an appointment with your doctor or starting a course of anti-anxiety medication.
However, if you looking for a more immediate assessment to help decide if anxiety treatment is needed, there are some simple online tests that can be completed in minutes that will guide you towards dealing with your problem.
Just as there are many kinds of anxiety disorder, there are also many different types of anti-anxiety medications that are used to treat them. By far the most commonly prescribed anxiety treatments belong to the benzodiazepine family of medicines.
Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax) and Lorazepam (Ativan) have been used to treat anxiety and panic attacks since the 1960’s. Although these anxiety treatments are usually prescribed for short-term use (2-4 weeks), they have been proven to be effective at helping millions of anxiety sufferers around the world.
In recent years, newer options became available that are sometimes recommended as a long-term anxiety treatments like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) antidepressants such as fluoxetine (Prozac).
These drugs are not cures, and while can provide temporary relief, they also come with side effects and safety concerns, and a recent analysis reported in JAMA Psychiatry found that the effectiveness of SSRIs in treating anxiety has been overestimated, and in some cases is no better than a placebo.
Benzodiazepine anxiety treatments are also known as tranquilizers, and are the most widely prescribed type of medication for anxiety. Drugs such as Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), and Ativan (lorazepam) work quickly, and usually bring relief within 30 minutes to an hour.
That makes the anti-anxiety medications very effective when taken during a panic attack or another overwhelming bout of anxiety. However, they can be physically addictive and are generally not prescribed for long-term treatment.
Benzodiazepine anxiety treatments work by boosting the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This results in a sedative, hypnotic (sleep inducing) effect, and slows down the central nervous system. They also have muscle relaxing qualities, so the overall effect helps patients relax both physically and mentally.
As with all pharmaceuticals, anxiety treatments can sometimes be unwanted side effects. The higher the dose, the more intense these side effects can be.
Common side effects of benzodiazepines include:
Some patients do report feeling sleepy, foggy, and uncoordinated even on low doses. This can cause problems with work, or everyday activities such as driving and using machinery, and this medication "hangover" can last into the next day.
There are also some precautions in which the use of benzodiazepine anxiety treatments should be carefully considered or even avoided such as:
Although the side effects are mild and are not experienced by all patients, we do recommend that patients follow the correct dosage instructions. For information about individual anti-anxiety medications, select the name from the product list for further details.
People who have been prescribed or are already using anti-anxiety medications have two options for buying anxiety treatments. The traditional option is to find a nearby chemist shop, speak to a sales assistant or pharmacist and buy the medication over the counter (OTC).
The second option is one that many people are finding much more convenient and easier to do.
Buying medicine online is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for people needing medication for all kinds of ailments. While many people still see the traditional chemist as an opportunity leave the house and maybe pick up some other items in the process, many more are either less able to hit the high street or feel less inclined to share information about personal issues.
Another advantage to buying online is the potential cost of the anti-anxiety medications. Despite the friendly faces and helpful staff, many patients are left with an unwelcome surprise after realizing how expensive some medications can be, particularly if it is an expensive branded medicine.
Along with anti-anxiety medication, we also stock a wide range of sleeping pills, and painkillers.
When you buy anti-anxiety medication at our online pharmacy, you get access to the widest range of treatment at the lowest prices possible.