Does Anxiety Medication Have Side Effects?

Q:
Does anxiety medication have side effects?

A:
Yes, it does have side effects. In fact, different medicines have different side effects with varying degrees of severity.

For example, benzodiazepines have more severe side effects than buspirone. However, the latter is much less effective that doctors usually prescribe the former.

Here are the side effects of two medicines:

Benzodiazepines:

  • Vomiting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Loss of memory
  • Reduced libido
  • Lower IQ
  • Lack of coordination

Antidepressants:

  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Sexual dysfunction

Rare but more dangerous side effects include:

  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • Heart problems
  • Increased bleeding risk

 

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