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a functional category of drugs useful in the treatment of anxiety and able to reduce anxiety at doses that do not cause excessive sedation. Most commonly used drugs falling into this category are benzodiazepines, which act at the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor sites. Historically, barbiturates were the main agents in this category; a newer category, which acts at serotonin (5-HT1A) receptor sites, is currently represented by buspirone.
a drug that reduces anxiety. The group includes the benzodiazepine derivatives and a few less widely used nonbenzodiazepines such as meprobamate and hydroxyzine hydrochloride. Also called anxiolytic
an·ti·anx·i·e·ty a·gent (an'tē-ang-zī'ĕ-tē ā'jĕnt)
A functional category of drugs useful in the treatment of anxiety and able to reduce anxiety at dosage that does not cause excessive sedation (e.g., diazepam).
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Q. Can anyone suggest a treatment for plantar fasciitis, apart from ultrasound, physio, anti-inflammatory agents? My friend has had Plantar Fasciitis for more than 1 year and has persevered with all the ususal treatments above plus lots of rest from weight-bearing and elevation.
A. Padded foot splints, silicone heels insert and special shoes (e.g. arch-supporting shoes) may also help. These are usually sold and fitted by a professional. Exercise is another important measure. Some patients benefit from avoiding walking barefoot or in sleepers but rather using shoes from the first step.More discussions about antianxiety agent
More advanced treatments include steroid-local anesthetics injections, botulinum toxin (similar to botox) injections and surgery.
The prognosis is usually favorable, and most patients achieve relief of the pain.
However, all of the above is just for general knowledge - if you have any specific question, you may want to consult a doctor.
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