Does Prozac really give Anxiety Relief?

Fluoxetine HCl 20mg Capsules (Prozac)
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Prozac (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) is a antidepressant and is considered by many to be the best anti anxiety medicine out there and that is probably because it is the most popular.  Prozac was a phenomenon when it first came out.  Prozac is an antidepressant that belongs to the group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs.

Prozac and its generic equivalent, fluoxetine, is manufactured in scored tablets and capsules of 10, 20 and 40 mg.  It is also available in a liquid oral solution.  It is also often used for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety,  Panic Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder as well.  Prescribing Prozac for anxiety relief also has its negative aspects.

Prozac controls the balances of serotonin levels in the brain and is called a Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (SSRI). Serotonin is a chemical that affects your moods.  It is very popular and gets a good percentage of people who take it report relief from anxiety disorders or depression.  Despite all the positives the drug takes time to work and there have been reports of many side effects including nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, dry mouth, inability to sleep, dizziness and sweating  Sometimes these side effects ease over time but you really have to ask yourself if it is worth taking it.

Some  people are concerned about the possibility of addiction with Prozac.  Just like other types of anti-depressants, Prozac has the potential to be addictive.  If you decide to stop taking this drug then you have to wean yourself off it gradually. Eating a healthy balanced diet, proper exercise, and relaxation go a long way to help you with anxiety relief.  They dont have side effects except for improving your overall health.

What are some of the other treatments aside from Prozac for anxiety relief?  Pure Psychotherapy is one of them.  It relies purely on behavior modification and relaxation techniques to eliminate anxiety symptoms.  Acupuncture  and Alternative Health & Herbal medicine are also gaining ground as natural remedies as they are non addictive treatments.


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Herbal stress relief

Some of the most popular stress relief herbs are:

Ashwagandha Root is said to make you calm even as it makes you strong. The antioxidant effect of active principles of this herb may explain, at least in part, its reported anti-stress properties.

valerian

valerian

Valerian Root contains chemicals with sedative properties to help with an improvement in sleep without morning grogginess or other side effects which leads to a greater overall sense of well being.

Kava Kava which is a member of the pepper family. Kava is consumed as a drink or supplement. In small doses, its effects include muscle relaxation, sleepiness and feelings of well being but is to be taken only in the short-term.

Passion Flower is a popular anti-anxiety remedy, that makes you calm and may help relieve anxiety related stress. The fresh or dried leaves are used to make an infusion, a tea which has been found to contain beta-carboline harmala alkaloids.

St. Johns Wort has been used to treat nervous conditions since ancient Greek times. Clinical studies revealed that it can relieve anxiety and stress. This is probably the most popular plant used for herbal stress relief. Extracts are usually in tablet or capsule form, and also in teabags and tinctures.

chamomile

chamomile

Chamomile has a wonderfully soothing, sedative and absolutely harmless effect so it is the perfect herbal stress relief remedy. The Chamomile flower is brewed as a bitter herb tea infusion. It is also used for preventing nightmares.

Lemon Balm is used medicinally as a herbal tea, or in extract form. It is used as a mild sedative or calming agent. At least one study has found it to be effective for stress relief. Grow it yourself and chop it and spread over your salads.

Hops are more frequently combined with other herbs, like valerian. The relaxing effects of hops is largely due to a specific chemical component: dimethylvinyl carbinol.

Herbal stress relief is worthwhile in pursuing but when purchasing herbs (processed not fresh) try to find out the growing conditions of the herb, the plant parts that are used, time and method of harvest, extraction and other manufacturing processes, and storage. I understand that is not always possible so at least read the labels and I suggest you buy reputable brands so at least you can rely on their reputation for supplying you with a quality product.

I have found that the best one is the one that works best for YOU. Trial and error is the key to success with these herbs.

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Give a stress relief gift this Christmas

Do you suffer from stress or know someone close who does?  Are you looking for gifts for Christmas? Its the end of the year and buying for people who you know who can do with a bit of relaxation is easy with 8 ideas below.

MassageDr. Scholl’s DR6624 Toe-Touch Foot Spa with Bubbles and Massage.  A foot bubble bath and massage in one.

A book about a hobby or interest such as The Big-Ass Book of Crafts. I’m sure there is something in there for everyone.

Aromatherapy idea – Aroma Home Aromatherapy Microwaveable Hot Booties – Hot Sox.  How wonderful to have warm feet this winter and have the lovely aroma of pure essential oils.  I can feel the stress melt away at the thought. This would be my pick – family and friends please note 🙂

Music CD – The Ultimate Relaxation Christmas Album. It’s hard to believe the words  relaxation and Christmas can be used together but it does this time.

Comedy DVD – Mamma Mia! The Movie (Two Disc Special Edition).  Watch this lovely movie and sing along with them as this is a great stress reliever too.

Gift pack of relaxing teaYou’re My Cup of Tea Gourmet Food Gift Basket – a Great Gift For Her! Tea is so good for you so why not sit back and relax with a cup of tea,  and try some tea you may not have had before like the mango green tea.

Jigsaws and gamesPuzzle 3D Eiffel Tower. You can imagine you are in Paris while you do it.  Well I would as Ive been to Paris and would love to relive that memory.

Oh and if its YOU that is stressed, then just go buy a new pair of shoes or an  Oversized ”Ashlee” Tote – Brown, Red, Black or Purple handbag.  That works for me!  You cant have enough shoes or handbags can you?

These are a few of my ideas and maybe you can come up with some more.  Enjoy Christmas this year and make it as stress free as you can.   Relax and enjoy the season.

De-stressing in the Car

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Driving to work or anywhere for that matter during peak periods can be a very stressful experience.  We seem to get all the red lights or they aren’t working, banked up traffic and construction zones.  There is also the noise and pollution associated with driving in the city.  The kids can get bored and restless and you arrive at your destination stressed.

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