Anti-Anxiety and Sedatives

What are Anti-Anxiety and Sedatives?

Anti-Anxiety and Sedative drugs are prescription drugs used to relieve anxiety and/or help with sleep, but their use can result in dependency and a substance use disorder. These medications include antidepressants like Cymbalta (duloxetine), Wellbutrin (bupropion), Zoloft (sertraline) and Paxil (paroxetine); benzodiazepines like Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam) and Klonopin (clonazepam); antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin-D (loratadine)and Zyrtec (cetirizine).

Immediate effects:

Antianxiety drugs and sedatives decrease alertness and can result in

  • Slurred speech

  • Poor coordination

  • Confusion

These effects are magnified when people take alcohol. These drugs may make people alternately depressed and anxious.

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