Popular Drug Far More Dangerous Than Believed
Just because a doctor assures you that a drug is safe, should you trust him? Not if you’re wise. One of the most commonly prescribed types of drugs is also the second leading cause of death due to drug overdose. Not only that, but despite claims of its safety, these drugs are some of the most addictive drugs on the market. Are they lurking in your home?
Read on and I’ll tell you what these drugs are. I’ll tell you about the dangers. And I’ll tell you what you can do to keep yourself safe.
Reckless Prescriptions Causing Harm
A class of drugs called benzodiazepines is one of the most commonly-prescribed class of drugs in the world. It has been since 1977 when it became the most common prescription worldwide.
Benzodiazepines were originally discovered by accident in 1955. The first in the class was a drug called Librium. It was then replaced by Valium. Later, other variants have been created, including drugs known as Xanax, Ativan, and Rohypnol. All told there are more than 60 variants sold under hundreds of brand names.
The benzodiazepine class of drugs largely replaced barbiturates in medical practice. It was well known that barbiturates were dangerous. Many American soldiers, for example, developed addictions to barbiturates that were given routinely during World War II. And the aftermath gave barbiturates a (rightfully-earned) bad reputation.
Unfortunately, drug companies promoted benzodiazepines as a completely safe alternative to barbiturates. And despite the fact that the dangers of benzodiazepines have been known for decades, many doctors still believe that they are safe.
Each year more than 120 million prescriptions are written in the U.S. for benzodiazepines. Doctors give the prescriptions to those suffering anxiety, insomnia, panic, and many other off label uses.
Experts agree, the rates of prescriptions for the drugs are reckless. And those taking the drugs are being harmed.
The Dangers Of Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines are highly addictive. They are even more addictive than opiates. In the United Kingdom the largest class-action suit in the country’s history was filed against drug companies alleged to have lied about the dangers of benzodiazepines. Over 14,000 people claimed to have been the victims of a drug company cover-up. It was claimed that the drug companies knew about the addictive potential of the drugs, but they intentionally hid that information from people.
Some of the most dangerous effects of benzodiazepines are related to their addictive potential. Many become addicted within a very short time. They become dependent upon the drugs, and need increasing amounts.
Benzodiazepine withdrawal is one of the most dangerous drug withdrawals known. The withdrawal can produce seizures and has even been known to cause death.
Overdose is also a major concern. Nearly 4 percent of all drug overdoses caused by a single drug are due to benzodiazepines. And when combined with other drugs or alcohol, benzodiazepine death rates climb dramatically.
In addition, long term use of benzodiazepines is linked to a long list of problems. They include cognitive impairment, memory loss, anxiety, depression, loss of sex drive, and loss of interest in life.
Making Safer Choices
If your doctor wants to prescribe benzodiazepine drugs to you, think twice. Safer and more effective choices exist.
If you are suffering from anxiety, don’t let your doctor or anyone else tell you that you have a disorder. Anxiety is not a disorder. It is a natural response to stress and difficulty. It can be worsened by the belief that it is a disorder. For example, many people suffer what what is called “social anxiety”. But social anxiety is actually quite normal. It gets worse when it is believed to be a disorder.
For anxiety, research shows that more effective ways to deal with it are to confront your fears one step at a time. It may be difficult and uncomfortable, especially at first. But over time, it relieves much of the anxiety and has no negative side effects.
On the other hand, if you are suffering from insomnia, research shows that natural ways of restoring sleep are far healthier than drugs. Not only do drugs carry the risk of addiction. They also have been shown to interfere with quality sleep. Sleep researchers show that drug-induced sleep is not restorative. It alters sleep patterns in negative ways.
To address insomnia naturally, I suggest that you address some important basics. Many men suffering from insomnia are actually eating too little. Eating adequate amounts, particularly of carbohydrates and protein, can improve the underlying causes.
Another common cause of insomnia is light deficiency. Natural sunlight keeps the circadian rhythm in balance. Without that, your hormones will be imbalanced and you’ll have trouble sleeping. Get outside in the sunlight every day. And then keep the lights out at night.
Although benzodiazepines can have immediate and dramatic effects, they produce long term harm. And while natural means of restoring balance aren’t usually so dramatic, over time they have been proven to be more effective and much safer.
Although doctors are still in the dark, the scientific consensus is clear. Benzodiazepine drugs are highly dangerous. They are highly addictive and have many harmful effects long term. Safer, natural, and more effective (long term) choices are possible. Make smart choices and reap the benefits for the rest of your life.