It is 22:30 and I just took an alprazolam of 0,50mg. This is not a very powerful dose but I am not used to this type of medication and the effect is more intense.Alprazolam belongs to the benzodiazepine family and is indicated for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders.
What I have just eaten is absolutely nothing strange when we know that modern society is over-medicalized. ButI want to note the immediate effectswhat causes this medication on a mental, emotional and behavioral level. Because the effects of benzodiazepines are multiple and depend on each person.
Benzodiazepines reduce the abnormal excitement of the brain.I took the opportunity to take one because I feel a little agitated lately. I will write all that I feel when I consider that the effects are at their zenith. I took the medicine by putting it under the tongue and letting it dissolve slowly. But I ended up drinking water because he was very bitter.
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The effects of benzodiazepines at the mental and emotional levels
It is 22h50. The effects of benzodiazepines are already being felt.I feel a little calmer.A calm that, little by little, translates into sleep. I could go to bed and fall asleep instantly. I could also go out in the street to walk a little but my reflexes would probably not be as good. And impossible to drive. I could go to work but it would be strange. I feel like I'm in a movie I observe what is happening around me but I feel like I'm out of everything.
The noise disturbs me. I had to turn down the TV and ask my family to talk less loudly. I became more sensitive to external stimuli.Even if I am calmer, everything around me annoys me a lot: the noises, the lights …
My mental processes are happening more slowly. I could not perform very complex tasks or maintain a conversation that requires a great deal of attention. But I can still act with a certain normality.
Behavioral effects of benzodiazepines
I get up to go to the bathroom and I move slowly. I slowly wash my hands. I watch each movement with attention. I go back to the living room and I sit on the couch. I have the gaze fixed on the screen and a random point around me.My movements are slow.
I'm a little hungry. When talking to me, I have to make a superhuman effort to be attentive. I type on my keyboard at normal speed but I make more mistakes. In general,my psychomotor coordination slowed down considerablyand I would be unable to perform tasks that involve physical or mental exertion. As I mentioned a little earlier, I could not drive. Neither study or read anything very complex.
How do benzodiazepines work?
According to research conducted to date,I am experiencing a reduction in the transmission of nerve impulses. My cerebral excitement is therefore diminishing.A tranquilizing effect takes place in my nervous system. Since there are also hypnotic effects, I want to sleep and I know I will wake up less at night.
According to these same research, the benzodiazepine I just tookenhances the effect of the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid),inhibiting the neurons with which it comes into contact in order to reduce the transmission rate. That's why I'm immersed in a state of calm.
I took it on an ad hoc basis but, about the length of time we need to take this medicine, Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Alcalá, Cecilio Álamo González, says "that\’they are well tolerated and safe if taken for short periods of time: two to four weeks as part of a prescription as narcotics and two to three months if taken as anxiolytics. They can cause problems if they are consumed longer. "
My concerns are still there. They have not disappeared.My mental activity decreased but the problems did not go away. When the effects have faded, I will have to face my demons again. I keep thinking about what worries me, what keeps me awake. With sleepiness, I do not react so intensely emotionallybut conflicts are always present in me.
Letting the drugs solve our internal conflicts is only a partial solution.The effects of benzodiazepines can help calm our over-excitement, live more quietly on a daily basis or lower our level of anxiety, it's true.But if we do not solve our mental conflicts, we will never reach the inner peace that we desire so much.