Although the antianxiety agents do have many advantages over previously used drugs, they are not free from potentially harmful effects. The discussion below focuses on two major disadvantages of the group of drugs classified as antianxiety agents.
a. Drowsiness. Antianxiety agents, especially during the first few days of therapy, produce drowsiness in many patients. Further, many patients who take antianxiety drugs experience loss of judgment and a loss of mental powers. Consequently, patients who are on antianxiety therapy should be cautioned not to operate machinery.
b. Drug Interaction Effects. The antianxiety agents can interact with central nervous system depressants to produce a further degree of depression to the central nervous system. Thus, patients who are on antianxiety therapy should be cautioned against drinking alcohol or taking other central nervous system depressants.
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