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Side Effects of the Most Prescribed Anti-Anxiety Drugs

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Bromazepam is the active ingredient of the Lexatin and Orfidal trademarks, on the list of most consumed drugs in Spain

Drug use has side effects on the body. Among the most prescribed are those used to combat anxiety and nervousness. Therefore, it is very important to always take them under medical supervision and never self-medicate. In addition, it is necessary to know the contraindications of each treatment, since some are not compatible with other substances.

Lexatín is the tenth best-selling drug in Spain, according to the latest report from the Business Federation of Spanish Pharmacists. In front of this drug, names well known by the majority of the population are ranked: Nolotil, Adiro 100, Paracetamol Kern, Enantyum, Paracetamol Cinfa, Eutirox, Ventolín, Sintrom and Orfidal.

These are the 13 best-selling drug brands and generics in Extremaduran pharmacies

The Lexatin trademark belongs to the group of drugs called benzodiazepines, that is, those act on the central nervous system. The generic drug is Bromazepam Normon EFG. Orfidal is the other best-selling tranquilizer-anxiolytic in Spain. The differences between Orfidal and Lexatin are few as they belong to the same family of drugs.

What is bromazepam taken for?

Bromazepam, the active ingredient in Lexatin and Orfidal, administered at low doses, relieves mental tension, anxiety and nervousness. At higher doses it has a sedative and muscle relaxant effect.

Medical professionals prescribe Lexatin or Bromazepam Normon EFG to patients suffering from symptoms of anxiety, tension, depression, nervousness, agitation and who have difficulty sleeping.

Some people with anxiety or nervousness may also have problems with their heart rate, breathing, or digestive problems. Lexatin can also help relieve these symptoms.

Lexatin Side Effects

According to the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products, Lexatin has adverse effects that may occur during treatment with this medicine, and which have been observed with an unknown frequency (cannot be estimated from the available data) are:

Immune system disorders: hypersensitivity (allergy), anaphylactic shock, angioedema (swelling of the face).

psychiatric disorders:

-Confusion, disorientation, emotional and mood disorders, libido disorders (alteration of sexual desire), physical and psychological dependence on the drug, drug abuse, withdrawal symptoms, depression (the use of this drug can make a depression appear that already existed ) restlessness, agitation, hyperactivity, nervousness, anxiety, irritability, aggressiveness, delirium, fits of rage, nightmares, abnormal dreams, hallucinations, psychosis, inappropriate behavior and memory disturbances.

nervous system disorders: drowsiness, headache, dizziness, reduced alertness (slow reflexes) and ataxia (lack of coordination of movements).

Eye disorders: diplopia (double vision).

cardiac disorders: heart failure (the heart does not pump blood well) including cardiac arrest (heart attack).

respiratory disorders: respiratory depression (slow and shallow breathing).

Gastrointestinal disorders: nausea, vomiting, constipation.

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: skin rash, pruritus (itching) and hives.

Musculoskeletal disorders: muscular weakness.

Kidney and urinary disorders: urinary retention.

general disorders: fatigue.

traumatic injuries: falls and fractures, with greater risk in elderly patients and in patients who are taking other sedatives (including alcoholic beverages) at the same time.

If the patient considers any of the side effects to be serious or if you notice any side effect not mentioned in this leaflet, you should inform your doctor or pharmacist.

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