Plant-based sedatives

Sedatives cause addiction

Sedatives are among the three best-selling groups of drugs in the world as shown by the latest statistics and was confirmed by numerous psychiatrists. This fact is nothing new because people have to cope with stress on a daily basis. Sedatives are the most common chemical products which reduce the tension and agitation, and their effects should not cause drowsiness during the day, or in any other way affect mental processes. Besides them there are plant-based sedatives. The article will share with you useful information about what to pay attention on when taking sedatives.


Sedatives are known drugs that reduce the feeling of tension and anxiety and thereby have a calming effect on the human psyche. They belong to the group of so-called anxiolytics, drugs that lyse tension - anxiety - that is they break it down with the help of enzymes. Also, sedatives cause sedation hence their name. Most of these drugs belong to the group of benzodiazepines psychopharmacs; a similar chemical structure, however, does not rule out some differences between them. All sedatives reduce the tension, but, in addition, to varying degrees they have other effects: put you to sleep, soothe, relax the muscles, make you feel uplifting, used as adjunctive therapy in the case of epilepsy and the like. Sedatives are very useful for people with mental disabilities, and must be taken under the supervision of experts, because without the proper dosage addiction can occur, which is very dangerous.

What sedatives are used most often?

All these drugs have generic names so different factories produce the same drug under a different name. The most famous sedatives are bromazepam, lexillium and Lexaurin, valium or diazepam, ksalol or Xanax, Loram or lorazepam and rivotril. The number of milligrams of each drug indicates how many active substances there are in one tablet, but they cannot be compared with each other regardless of the fact that they have similar and different structures. Big misconception is that ksalol of 0.5 mg or 3 mg of bromazepam is very mild and valium of 5 mg is a strong sedative. Besides this group, which is rather widespread, we should not forget other sedatives, which are rarely used, and are designed for severe mental illness - sedative antipsychotics. There are sedatives with non-benzodiazepine in their structure, their application is limited. Also they are commercially available, there are plant-based sedatives that can be bought without a prescription.
Sedatives that can be bought without a prescription

Until recently, the purchase of the above mentioned drugs without a prescription is common in some countries which has contributed to their widespread and frequent use, to a degree where they are abused. Sedative use is today under a much greater control, because the use of sedatives is now regulated by law and the acquisition is possible only with a prescription, which brings greater insight into the use of these drugs and consequently – reduction of their abuse, and this should be the practice in future. The need for these sedatives is constantly increasing in when it comes to Europe their easy acquisition and administration at for a long period has led to a big problem - tolerance to tranquilizers and addiction to the same. Tolerance is, in fact, the submission of the drug, and its increase is reflected in the need for higher and higher dose of medicament.

What causes addiction to medication?

Addiction arises when we notice that a sedative almost has no effect, then our body and brain eventually starts to get used to the drug, and increase the tolerance to it. Therefore, it often begins with a quarter tablet, and after regular intake (weeks or months), there is a need to increase the dose to reach the effects that were previously achieved with a much lower dose. Drug dependence occurs when the body adjusts to the daily levels of this substance has and then, if sedatives are not taken daily, abstinence syndrome occurs, which is can be quite difficult. If you do not take sedatives, abstinent person will feel discomfort, chills, and nausea, weakness and stomach pains. Sedative calms these strong and unpleasant problems, however, because tolerance occurs before addiction and at this stage the tablets are taken similarly to drugs to calm the crisis period. Stopping the consumption of sedatives is difficult to implement on your own initiative, and expert help is needed.

When are sedatives used?

Except in the case of mental disorders when it is expected to apply a treatment with sedatives, tranquilizers are used in the treatment of other diseases. Here are some of them: hypertension, thyroid dysfunction, gastritis, as is in the case of various pain syndromes and many other diseases - certainly sedatives bring multiple benefits. Indications for wide use of sedatives are various psychological disorders: anxiety, panic attacks, stress, reactive states followed restlessness, nervousness, tension and moodiness, and acting in response to stressful events, depression and sleep disorders (insomnia, disrupted sleep rhythms) and other, less frequently mental anxieties. Drugs of this type are very effective, they quickly soothe tension, bring relief and relaxation, allow a person to focus on everyday life. However, because of its efficiency and rapid elimination of unpleasant feelings of anxiety, sedatives are quickly becoming "a favourite pill.”

How to stop using sedatives?

We have heard many times people saying in stressful situations “I have a valium. Want one?” Drink ksalol, you will feel easier ","These are the best sedatives and the like”. This is the easiest way to fall into a vicious circle, from which it is sometimes extremely difficult to get out. Similarly with all other addictions: alcohol, drugs, as of early dependence on the Internet and Facebook is growing. Casual consumption of sedatives in order to calm the nerves can eventually lead to more frequent use of these drugs. If there is no self-control, it quickly creates a habit, tolerance to tranquilizers is growing and we need more doses to achieve the same effect, and finally addiction to drugs occurs. Therefore, these drugs should be taken only if there is a real need for them and not to drink them when there is a mild sense of nervousness and tension, and they should not be used before stressful situations as a prevention as we usually say, "just in case".


There is no doubt that sedatives may not be taken on your own initiative during pregnancy, but only in consultation with a gynaecologist and professional person who most often recommends a mild sedative based on plants. Everything else is too risky, both for the future mother, and the baby. So head up, no matter how difficult and delicate "the second state" is deal with it, deal with new temptations in life and do not reach to lightly for pills, they do not solve problems. Sedative during pregnancy are given only in serious situation when the doctor sees no other solution. Be cautious with preparations and teas based on medicinal plants that we talked about earlier, and do not take them on your own or for granted, because there are substances that do more harm than good to you and the baby.

Sedatives and alcohol

This is extremely dangerous!!! The combination of sedatives and alcohol brings strengthening or a change of the effects of both substances, and we repeat – it is extremely dangerous. However, when the application of these medications is necessary check whether they go with other drugs that you are regularly or occasionally taking. It is noteworthy that sedatives combined with antihistamines mainly cause increased sleepiness and slow down psychophysical functions. Plant-based sedatives are rather safe in terms of effects on the body and other organs. There is a relatively small number of diseases in which case it is necessary to avoid these drugs, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (bronchitis and asthma), increased eye pressure (glaucoma) + liver disease.