Most people manage day-to-day stress without medication. But stress medication can help people who are unable to cope after sudden life-changing events such as, the loss of your job, a death of a loved one, divorce, or the loss of your home through natural disasters.
Your doctor could prescribe stress medication to help you deal with extraordinary levels of stress. Especially stress that is not easily managed through meditation, diet, exercise or changes in lifestyle. And stress medication and/or anti-anxiety medication is essential for rape and assault victims or those suffering theft or terrorist trauma and sudden events.
Look for the signs that stress medication may be essential to your situation:
1. You have trouble functioning at work or at home because you are always afraid and often feel paranoid.
2. You are losing weight in spite of having a healthy appetite.
3. You can’t tolerate heat or have a swelling in your neck.
4. You are obsessed with cleanliness, washing your hands constantly.
5. You have trouble forgetting about a traumatic event.
6. You can’t stop crying and weep most days.
One stress medication your doctor may prescribe is alprazolam (Xanax), an anti-anxiety medication, one of the benzodiazepines. This stress medication is only prescribed on a short-term basis to relieve severe stress symptoms. Another stress medication, diazepam or Valium is prescribed for stress and depression. Sometimes over-prescribed, in fact and Buspirone, another stress medication, is another popular drug.
A new study by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology in Stockholm has found that Cipralex® / Lexapro® (escitalopram) is an effective and well-tolerated stress medication for general anxiety disorder (GAD), and much more effective than both placebo and paroxetine.
Your doctor should only prescribe stress medication if you really need it because side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness and, of course, dependence. Stress medication can be addictive, so look for early signs of drug dependence such as craving for the next dose. Be sure you don’t stop treatment or alter the stress medication dosage without consulting your doctor.
While taking a stress medication, you should be aware of side effects. Call an ambulance or have someone take you to the hospital if you feel dizzy. Other warning signs that the stress medication is causing an adverse effect on your body are if you have rapid breathing, a racing heartbeat, crushing chest pain and sweating. Also, immediately call 911 if you are taking a stress medication, but have thoughts of suicide. If you are taking a stress medication and have a sudden feeling of despair, panic or anxiety, do not hesitate to talk to your physician.