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There are many medications flooding the market that claim to treat anxiety.  These drugs work on the theory that anxiety is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.  People who suffer from extreme anxiety and depression usually benefit from taking anxiety pills and antidepressants in order to help them deal with their condition.  These drugs usually help to mask the symptoms of anxiety and depression, however they do not cure people of this condition.  Since it is not known what causes depression and anxiety, there are no drugs available that will provide any cure.

                The most commonly prescribed anxiety pills are Valium, Xanax and Librium.  There are many more that are prescribed that are intended to help people deal with their anxiety, in most cases they are successful.   However, many of these drugs come with serious side effects that could have adverse consequences on the health.  Some of these side effects include nausea, headaches, dry mouth, constipation, weight loss and gain, insomnia and many others.  Many of these drugs may also cause dependency.  This means that after a person has taken them for a long period of time, they will become addicted to their effect on the brain.  These people who are dependant on these drugs will feel like they cannot exist normally without them, so they will continue to take them even if they do not suffer from anxiety or depression.  Dependency on these drugs is common in people who have a long history of addiction in their family, so if someone is considering taking anxiety pills or antidepressants, they should make sure that they will not develop an addiction to these drugs by investigating their family history for addictive tendencies.   

                There are many different types of anxiety pills available, many of them are experimental and have not had any sufficient clinical research done on their long term side effects.  That is why many anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants are being recalled after only a few years of being on the market.   The companies who developed these drugs did not do enough to make sure that there would be no serious long term effects.  When the long term side effects emerged and if they were severe, these companies would recall their drugs off of the market.  Many different brands of anxiety pills have similar side effects, possibly because they all deal with altering the brain’s chemical functions. Since it is the popular theory that anxiety and depression are causes by a chemical imbalance in the brain, these drugs are designed to alter the chemical balances in the brain as a way to “correct” the problem.  However, it has not yet been discovered what causes depression or anxiety.  Regardless of whether or not the chemical imbalance theory has any proof to support it, many anxiety pills and antidepressants continue to flood the market.

                A person who is considering starting a regimen of anxiety pills should first consult their doctor to make sure they will not develop a dependency or that they will not conflict with any other health condition.