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Discover what you are taking with the BMA Concise advisor to medication and medication, the fast reference consultant to greater than 2,500 prescription and over the counter medicinal drugs from Britain's prime clinical authority, the BMA. Jargon-free and easy-to-follow, get all of the important details you wish on present day medications quick. find out how they paintings, what they deal with, their hazards, merits and unwanted side effects, and the way to exploit them competently and successfully. Plus locate designated descriptions and evidence on 278 frequent medicinal drugs together with the newest on shuttle immunisations. The BMA Concise consultant to medication and medication is ideal for when you are off to the chemist or health care professional.

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Interpretation of these sensations can be affected by a person’s psychological state, so that pain is worsened by anxiety and fear, for example. Often a reassuring explanation of the cause of discomfort can make pain easier to bear and may even relieve it altogether. Anti-anxiety drugs are helpful when pain is accompanied by anxiety, and some of these drugs are also used to reduce painful muscle spasms. Some antidepressants act to block the transmission of impulses signalling pain and are particularly useful for nerve pains (neuralgia), which do not always respond to analgesics.

The fearful feelings increase brain activity, stimulating the sympathetic nervous system (see Autonomic nervous system) and often triggering physical symptoms, for example, breathlessness, shaking, palpitations, digestive distress, and headaches. Why they are Used Anti-anxiety drugs (also known as anxiolytics or minor tranquillizers) are prescribed for short-term relief of severe anxiety and nervousness caused by psychological problems. However, these drugs cannot resolve the causes. Tackling the underlying problem through counselling and perhaps psychotherapy offers the best hope of a long-term solution.

Common Drugs Benzodiazepines Alprazolam, Chlordiazepoxide, Diazepam/Lorazepam, Oxazepam Beta blockers Atenolol, Bisoprolol, Oxprenolol, Propranolol Other non-benzodiazepines Buspirone Antidepressant drugs Occasional moods of discouragement or sadness are normal and usually pass quickly. However, more severe depression that is accompanied by despair, lethargy, loss of sex drive, and often poor appetite may call for medical attention. Such depression can arise from life stresses such as the death of someone close, an illness, or sometimes from no apparent cause.

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