Anxiety is one of the conditions that you do not know when it is coming and when it will stop. You can’t even tell exactly if you are having the mild form of it, or you are already enduring severe anxiety attacks. And once you feel you are suffering from it, you would result to using drugs intended to relieve it. But don’t be in a hurry, there are other effective anxiety alternative medications that you’re not familiar with.
Upon diagnosis, a psychiatrist would often recommend drugs, such as Nardil, Marplan, Diazepam, Lorazepam, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and other anxiolytics that are either classified as Monoamase Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI’s), or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI). But aside from these researched and branded drugs, there are substitute options that promise the same amount of relief from this disabling condition.
There are new research studies recommendations that underscore the importance of anxiety alternative medications. These types of drugs have been noted to reduce the prevalence and the severity of anxiety, especially the severe forms. What is more interesting, it was also noted that some of these substitute remedies do not only show effectiveness by decreasing anxiety levels, but also they are at the same time successful in managing other chronic diseases, like hypertension, cardiac disease, bone and joint disorders, kidney failure, and cancer.
Before administering other alternative drugs for anxiety, it is important that the client will disclose other drugs he is taking to avoid drug-to-drug interactions and adverse effects.
Anxiety alternative medications promise either one or all of these results:
# Immediately reduce anxiety levels.
# Relief from psychological symptoms, such as disorientation, increasing levels of apprehension, and ineffective coping.
# Relief from physical symptoms, such as insomnia, nausea, and vomiting.
# Relief from behavioral symptoms, such as forgetfulness, restlessness, and pacing.
# Relief from other symptoms brought by other health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and immunologic disorders.
Most of these anxiety alternative medications are derived from herbal sources, thus these do not only promise the results above, but also safety and decrease risk for adverse reactions.
Here are some of the medications that have been effective in providing relief from anxiety, and are often recommended by health care professionals:
# Passionflower – is popular to relieve drowsiness and insomnia. However, this should not be taken with other drugs that induce sedation.
# Valerian – this drug is also effective in relieving insomnia, and mild forms of anxiety. Like the Passionflower, this drug should not be taken with drugs that induced sedation, such as benzodiazepines and antihistamines.
# Kava – this herb is not only effective in alleviating anxiety, but also in protecting the liver.
# St. John’s Worth – a very popular herb which is helpful in controlling depression.
Aside from these herbs, there are natural hormones, vitamins and minerals that are also recommended to treat and control anxiety attacks. A daily dose of these hormones, vitamins and minerals will keep one’s thought and brain function in their optimum level. Some of these micronutrients include Magnesium, Vitamin B complex, estrogen, folic acid, tryptophan, tyrosine, and thyroid hormone.
Substitute treatments for anxiety are not only focused on anxiety alternative medications derived from herbs, or from natural micronutrients. There are other treatment modalities that can be used to help reduce anxiety levels, and these include aromatherapy, massage, acupuncture, and drama therapy.