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What is the risk of taking anxiolytics for a long period of time? . In my case 1 mg .

Esther

Answer:

Dear Esther,

Anxiolytics (sometimes incorrectly called 'minor tranquilizers'), are used primarily as 'calmers'.

The risk of abuse and addiction is high.

Most anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics were associated with a limited increase in the risk of fractures.

In clinical studies small increases in fracture risk were seen with the use of anxiolytics and sedatives and neuroleptics without a dose-response relationship. The increase may be linked to an increased risk of falls.

Anxiolytics are generally divided into two groups of medication, benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepines.

The long-term use of benzodiazapines can cause physical dependence. The use of benzodiazepines should therefore commence only after medical consultation and benzodiazepines should be prescribed the smallest dosage possible to provide an acceptable level of symptom relief. Dependence varies with the benzodiazepine used and with the user.

The use of non-benzodiazepines have proved to be safer than both benzodiazepines and the older barbiturates, especially when taken in overdose, and also have less of a tendency to induce dependence and addiction although these issues can still become a problem with abuse of this drug.

 

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