Drug Therapy

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  • Drug Therapy
    • Benzodiazepines
      • E.g. Valium and Librium
      • Works by reducing brain activity
        • Enhances the effects of Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This slows down neurons in the brain
      • Evaluation
        • +ve: Effective at treating symptoms
        • +ve: relatively safe in overdose
        • +ve: easy to obtain with a prescription
        • -ve: side effect, e.g. sedation, memory issue, motor control problems
        • -ve: can lead to depedence
        • -ve: doesn't treat source of stress
    • Beta-Blockers
      • E.g. Inderal and Aknond
      • Doesn't enter brain
      • Reduces the action of adrenaline and noradrenaline
        • Results in  fall in blood pressure & heart rate - less stress of the heart
      • Evaluation
        • +ve: acts directly & fast - has a life saving function
        • +ve: can interact with other drug treatments
        • +ve: doesn't have severe side effects
        • -ve: doesn't target source of stress
      • Affects the Sympatho-Medulary pathway


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