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The main dangers of using hypnotics and tranquilizers
Drug dependence, daytime sleepiness, amnesia, an increased risk of car accidents, poor coordination leading to falls and fractures of the hip, impaired ability to learn, confused speech and even death are side effects of these drugs. This is especially likely when taking these medicines with alcohol or other drugs that depress the central nervous system. This can happen to anyone at any age.

The body of the elderly can not remove such drugs as quickly as in younger people. Older people are also more sensitive to the side effects of drugs.

Despite the evidence of this fact, older people, firstly, tranquilizers and hypnotics are more often prescribed, secondly, they usually receive a standard rather than reduced dose, which could reduce the risk of side effects, and thirdly, they are prescribed these drugs for longer periods of time than younger people. Therefore, it is not a surprise that older people are more at risk of adverse effects, and if such effects occur, they are usually more pronounced. One of the biggest obstacles to the detection and elimination of such problems is that the problems that arise are associated with the aging process, and not with taking medications.

The deterioration of thinking processes, amnesia, impairment of learning or loss of coordination in younger people when taking the drug is perceived as an alarm. If the same symptoms appear in older people, especially if they develop slowly enough, then the doctor's reaction often boils down to the remark: "Well, he (she) is already old, what did you expect?" This approach leads to the aggravation of negative effects, as the doctor continues the previously started drug therapy.

A study of older people with a hip fracture showed that 14% of such injuries are associated with the use of psychotropic drugs, including hypnotics, tranquilizers, antipsychotics and antidepressants, especially such drugs as sibazone, hlozepid and flurazepam.

Another serious negative effect of benzodiazepines is respiratory depression. Older people often experience sleep apnea in sleep when breathing stops after falling asleep. Dr. William Dement (William Dement), an expert in sleep research, found that in older people who use sleep drugs, breathing can stop for dangerously long periods of time, as a result of suppressing the sleep center with sleep drugs. He also speaks of the national importance of this problem: people over 65 should not use flurazepam because of the increased risk of apnea. The second problem in this category is lung disease. People with serious lung diseases should not use benzodiazepines, due to the fact that they depress the respiratory center, which can be life-threatening. Patients suffering from asthma should also avoid sleeping drugs and tranquilizers.
Reducing the risk of taking sleeping drugs and tranquilizers
The best way to reduce the risk of negative effects is to avoid taking these drugs except in cases of extreme necessity.

Alternative Treatments for Chronic Anxiety

As the British psychiatrist Dr. Malcolm Lader (Malcolm Lader) noted, “until recently, most patients with symptoms of chronic anxiety in the UK were given tranquilizers, usually benzodiazepines. However, the increasing reports of drug dependence, led to a reversal of treatment strategies for chronic concerns in favor of non-drug therapies. "

Two doctors from the UK have used non-drug therapies to treat mild or moderate forms of chronic anxiety syndrome and similar diseases. They argue that "probably the best method of treatment is to consult a general practitioner or any other medical professional. Such consultation should not be excessively intensive and it does not require any special training. Such consultation should always include a thorough determination of the causes of the disease. When this is done, then insomnia can often be reduced to acceptable levels using standard psychotherapeutic methods of exposure. "

What else can be done? A conversation with people who are not related to medicine — a friend, spouse, relative, clergy representative can help identify causes of anxiety and find a solution. Getting courage and talking about difficulties is a better solution than taking pills. In some cases, insomnia can be treated with psychotherapy. Regular exercise can also improve the process of falling asleep.
6th Apr 2019, 16:46   comments (0)