Anti-Anxiety Medication Side Effects: Young Adults Are Getting Addicted, Says Research

Updated at: Jun 07, 2019
Anti-Anxiety Medication Side Effects: Young Adults Are Getting Addicted, Says Research

In the last 90 days, the prevalence of non-medical use was necessarily different when split by age category for alprazolam, especially non-medical use is more common among younger adults. But it's not with the case of diazepam.

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
LatestWritten by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterPublished at: Jun 07, 2019

Anti-anxiety medication side effects: There is always a concern about the misuse of the narcotic anti-anxiety medication because of the "high" it can create. Alprazolam (Xanax) is prescribed for psychiatric medication in the US.

A new study found by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology claimed that the non-medical use of alprazolam in the United Kingdom is an important issue. Moreover, it appears to be more widespread in younger adults.

From a survey, the research examined results that included 10,019 adults in the United Kingdom. The estimated national prevalence of lifetime non-medical use of alprazolam and diazepam (Valium) was 0.32% and 1.30% respectively. In the last 90 days, the prevalence of non-medical use was necessarily different when split by age category for alprazolam, especially non-medical use is more common among younger adults. But it's not with the case of diazepam.

The writers also noted that the maximum individuals taking alprazolam for non-medical reasons are doing so without a prescription. Hence, before use, are unlikely to obtain medical advice. However, they wrote that further study is urgently needed to explore the appeal and motivations of alprazolam for non-medical use among growing adults. This will also enable appropriate public health interventions, which will help to prevent long-term dependence and short-term toxicity among young adults who are regular users of alprazolam.

Another research showed that the number of adults prescribed drugs in the class that includes Xanax rose by sixty-seven percent in the US between the years 1996 and 2013. Being mentioned in 2013, an estimated 22,767 people died in the US alone, due to n overdose involving prescription drugs.

Mentioning American rapper Lil Wyte's 2003 debut album 'Doubt Me Now' also had the song mentioning Xanax. The lyrics were as follows:

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"Go on and slip me two Xanax bars

I'm ready to get full

Fifth of Crown to wash it down

I'm downtown snappin' rolls."

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Talking about the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it revealed that young adults were the most likely to have ever used alprazolam for non-medical purposes. Moreover, the shocking rate of abuse was for those aged between 18-25 which was 10.3%. It was also nearly double that for people aged 26 or over (5.7%).

Here are a few questions to ask yourself and a mental health expert

  • Is medication the only best option for my anxiety?
  • Am I willing to put up with unpleasant side effects in return for my anxiety relief?
  • What are the non-drug treatments for anxiety?
  • What self-help strategies might help to get anxiety under control?
  • Should I pursue my other therapy with anxiety medication as well?
  • Is anxiety my real problem? 

Questions to ask your doctor

  • What are the anti-anxiety drug's common side effects?
  • Are there any food and beverages I will need to avoid?
  • How will this drug interact with my other medical prescriptions?
  • How long will I have to take this anxiety medication?
  • Will withdrawing from the anxiety medication be difficult?
  • Will my anxiety return after I stop taking the medication?

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