The following information about the drugs used in the treatment of anxiety is intended as a quick guide only to the various psychiatric drugs prescribed for anxiety disorders.
Anxiety UK has a specialist helpline run by a team of expert psychiatric pharmacists that is available to members free of charge. If you have any concerns about your medication you can obtain impartial advice from them. They can also provide you with a report about your medication. In order to access this service you need to be a member of Anxiety UK, you can become a member of Anxiety UK by clicking here.
For more detailed information on medication, we suggest visiting the British National Formulary‘s site at: http://www.bnf.org/
The Breastfeeding Network have useful information on their website about antidepressants and breastfeeding: www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk Alternatively you can call their helpline on 0300 100 0210.
The National Prescribing Centre (NPC) is a National Health Service (NHS) organisation, formed in April 1996 by the UK Government Department of Health. Its aim is to “promote and support high quality, cost-effective prescribing and medicines management across the NHS, to help improve patient care and service delivery”. Visit their website at http://www.npci.org.uk/
http://www.choiceandmedication.org.uk/ offers information on all forms of medication used in the treatment of mental health difficulties.
If you would like to find out more about medication that is commonly prescribed for anxiety, you can purchase the Anxiety UK factsheet on medication for only £2.00. You can find the factsheet by clicking here.
When withdrawing from tranquiliser use, you may find it helpful to engage with a support group. Here are a list of some online support organisations for tranquiliser use and withdrawal:
http://www.non-benzodiazepines.org.uk/ – TRAP, the Tranquilliser Recovery and Awareness Place.
http://recovery-road.org/ – Recovery Road Wellness Project is a charity which supports those affected by tranquilliser and antidepressant dependence.
Alternatively, here are details of some local tranquiliser use and withdrawal services:
TRANX (Oldham), 7 School Street, Uppermill, Oldham OL3 6HB. Ring Barry on 01457 876 355 or Mike on 0161 678 9759 for information or visit their website here.
Council for Involuntary Tranquilliser Addiction (CITA), JDI Centre, 3-11 Mersey View, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 6QA. Helpline: 0151 932 0102 (Mondays to Fridays 10am-1pm) or email email@example.com. Advice and support for people addicted to tranquillisers and sleeping tablets.
Bristol and District Tranquilliser Project, 88 Henleaze Road, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4JY. Helpline: 0117 962 8874 Mon – Thurs 10am – 4pm. Or you can email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
BAT – Battle Against Tranquillisers, PO Box 658, Bristol, BS99 1XP. Telephone 0844 826 9317 for advice or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Sun 9am-8pm. Support for carers. Aims to help people who wish to withdraw from tranquillisers or sleeping pills. Provides individual counselling and local support groups.
Minor Tranquilliser Service, Mind in Camden, 0207 241 8980, MDavis@mindincamden.org.uk
Bradford Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Service. Contact Jon Royle, Services for Drug Users, 35 Salem Street, Bradford BD1 4QH; Jon.Royle@bradford.nhs.uk. Open to any adult residing in Bradford who requires help and support to reduce or cease their use of benzodiazepines.
NECA (North East Council for Addiction), Bridge View House, 15 – 23 City Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 2AF. Tel: 0191 222 1262, Email: email@example.com.
If you would like to find out more about the use of and withdrawal from tranquilisers, you can purchase the Anxiety UK factsheet on tranquilisers for only £2.00. You can find the factsheet by clicking here