Benzodiazepines fall under the category of depressant drug. Contrary to antidepressants, Benzodiazepines are mainly used to treat anxiety disorders instead of depressive disorders. Over the years, this medication became more popular and it has been said to help treat your fibromyalgia and provide fibromyalgia pain relief.
How Does Benzodiazepines Help Fibromyalgia Pain Relief
As you know, fibromyalgia is often associated with several different anxiety disorders. The most common of these is generalized anxiety disorder. Social anxiety may also creep in and certain phobias are also being linked to the chronic pain condition. Symptoms like panic attacks and panic disorders can trigger more problems for fibro patients. Benzodiazepines help to provide fibromyalgia pain relief by treating anxiety-related symptoms in fbromyalgia.
Benzodiazepines also help to treat insomnia, which is another symptom of fibromyalgia. The tranquilizing effect of the medication help to improve your sleep and alleviate fatigue. Benzodiazepines also help treat other specific sleep disorders.
Studies are still ongoing to fully understand the use of Benzodiazepines in managing pain. A few of these medicines such as the Lorazepam and Clonazepam have been shown to help with chronic pain, including fibromyalgia.
However, Benzodiazepines is a controversial medication due to its side effects. Hence, it is best to discuss with your doctor before you start on using this medication in your fibromyalgia treatment. Here are some of the side effects and precautions that you should take note:
- long term usage can cause reliance and resistance
- may affect coordination
- may cause amnesia
- cause sleepiness and lost of concentration
- should not be used when patient needs to carry out task which requires focus e.g. driving
- pregnant women should not use the drug as it may cause birth defects
- can lead to hostile and aggressive behavior