Anti-Anxiety Drug Side Effects

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Common brand name anti-anxiety drugs include Xanax, Valium, Halcion, Klonopin, Ambien, Ativan. Also known as Benzodiazepines.

To see the total figures from IMS Health on the number of people taking anti-anxiety drugs in the U.S., click here.

Anti-anxiety Drug Warnings:

There have been 25 warnings from six countries (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Germany) warning that anti-anxiety drugs cause harmful side effects. These include the following (note that some warnings cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of warnings):

  • 8 warnings on anti-anxiety drugs causing addiction or withdrawal symptoms
  • 8 warnings on anti-anxiety drugs causing cognitive impairment
  • 7 warnings on anti-anxiety drugs causing sleep-driving
  • 7 warnings on anti-anxiety drugs causing amnesia
  • 7 warnings on anti-anxiety drugs causing depression
  • 6 warnings on anti-anxiety drugs causing hallucinations and delusional thinking
  • 5 warnings on anti-anxiety drugs causing sleep-walking
  • 4 warnings on anti-anxiety drugs causing abnormal behavior
  • 2 warnings on anti-anxiety drugs causing suicide risk or attempts
  • 2 warnings on anti-anxiety drugs causing violence and hostility
  • 2 warnings on anti-anxiety drugs causing agitation
  • 1 warning on anti-anxiety drugs causing birth defects

Anti-anxiety Drug Studies:

There are 18 studies from six countries (United States, Canada, Netherlands, France, Ireland and Sweden) showing that anti-anxiety drugs cause harmful side effects. These include the following (note that some studies cite more than one side effect, so the list below may not be equal to the total number of studies):

  • 3 studies on anti-anxiety drugs causing death and sudden death
  • 3 studies on anti-anxiety drugs causing cognitive decline/impairment
  • 2 studies on anti-anxiety drugs causing violence
  • 1 study on anti-anxiety drugs causing homicidal ideation
  • 1 study on anti-anxiety drugs causing suicide risk/attempts
  • 1 study on anti-anxiety drugs causing addiction
  • 1 study on anti-anxiety drugs causing disorientation
  • 1 study on anti-anxiety drugs causing impaired driving

Anti-anxiety Drug Side Effects Reported to the FDA: There have been 35,110 Adverse Drug Reactions in connection with anti-anxiety drugs that have been reported to the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (MedWatch), between 2004 and 2012.

The FDA estimates that less than 1% of all serious events are ever reported to it, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.

  • 5,593 cases of drug being ineffective
  • 4,009 cases of insomnia
  • 3,753 cases of dysgeusia (impairment of taste)
  • 2,576 cases of completed suicide
  • 1,863 cases of somnolence
  • 1,801 cases of amnesia
  • 1,801 cases of cardiac arrest
  • 1,750 cases of respiratory arrest
  • 1,337 cases of death
  • 1,289 cases of anxiety

Documented Side Effects of Anti-anxiety Drugs:
Source: Physicians Desk Reference, National Institutes of Health’s Medline Plus, and/or the drug label.

Aggressive behavior
Agitation
Agranulocytosis (condition affecting white blood cells causing susceptibility to infection)
Akathisia
Amnesia
Anxiety
Epileptic seizures
Hallucinations

Hostility
Insomnia
Irritability
Jaundice
Lethargy
Liver problems
Memory impairment
Muscle tremors
Nervousness
Nightmares
Psychosis
Rage

Sedation
Seizures
Severe depression
Sexual dysfunction
Shuffling walk
Sleep disturbances
Slurred speech
Suicide attempt
Transient amnesia
Tremors
Unusual movements
Weight changes



Note: Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them.
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This brochure is a simple guide that documents the dangerous and deadly side effects of the drugs prescribed to millions of men, women and children diagnosed with bogus mental disorders.

 



Please note: No one should attempt to get off of psychiatric drugs without doctor’s supervision. To help find medical practitioners in your area, click here