Azapirones are new drugs that are actually intended for anxiety disorders. They work best for the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD, particularly alleviating the signs or symptoms.
However, according to some studies, they do not function that much in the treatment of panic disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Azapirones on the Market
Azapirones when on market are actually most well known as Buspirone or BuSpar. At present, these drugs are not that popular to many as they are just new addition on the market. But the doctors are now working on these drugs to make them one of the most sought after drugs known for being helpful and effective.
Wonders of Azapirones
Azapirones normally work by stimulating serotonin type 1A receptors on nerves thereby changing the chemical messages that nerves transmit to each other. By nature, Azapirones are far different from commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medications of the benzodiazepine class like Valium, Ativan, Xanax, and Klonopin, as they do not cause sedation.
Azapirones can actually be potent drugs, however, for them to really take effect, you more or less have to undergo two or more weeks of treatment. Similarly, you have to take three doses daily and the dose may be increased in the following days until the effective dose is already ascertained.
Azapirones’ Side Effects
Like most anti-anxiety drugs, Azapirones’ also have some side effects. In fact, when you are under medication with these drugs, you will most likely experience:
- Insomnia or sleeping problem
Azapirones and Pregnant Women
There are actually no sufficient studies or inquiries about Azapirones being used by pregnant women. But studies and some experiments in animals suggest no important effects on the fetus. Thus, Azapirones can be used in pregnant women if the doctor sees there is a great need indeed.