Anti-Anxiety Medications for Pain

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What they are: Anti-anxiety medications treat anxiety by enhancing the activity of a key chemical in the brain.

Examples include: Valium (chemical name: diazepam), Ativan (chemical name: lorazepam)

What they're used for: Anti-anxiety medications are used to treat muscle spasms that can go along with severe pain.

How they're taken: Anti-anxiety medications are taken by mouth.

Possible side effects include:

  • drowsiness
  • urinary incontinence

Anti-anxiety medications are not right for everyone who experiences pain, so be sure to talk with your doctor about your unique situation, symptoms, and needs.

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