Antianxiety drugs

A group of drugs used to relieve the symptoms of anxiety. Benzodiazepine drugs and beta-blocker drugs are the 2 main types, although antidepressant drugs may occasionally be used. Benzodiazepine drugs promote mental and physical relaxation; they can also be used to treat insomnia, but their use for this purpose is avoided because they are addictive. Beta-blockers reduce only the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as shaking and palpitations, and are not addictive.


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