- Anti-anxiety meds (anxiolytics) depress CNS which increases GABA, therefore producing a relaxation effect.
- Most common = Benzodiazepines
- Reduce anxiety
- Sedative effect
- General interventions
- Avoid ETOH – enhances sedative effect
- Increases fall risk
- Safety first – sedative effects
- Drug-drug Interactions
- Notify MD before starting OTC meds
- Do NOT abruptly stop
- Taper down over weeks
- Watch for signs of withdrawal and toxicity
- Sleep disturbances
- Tremors, usually hand
- Nausea, vomiting
- Antidote: Flumazenil (Romazicon) IV
- Confusion and ↓ LOC
- Impaired balance and motor function
- CNS depression
- Possible paradoxical (opposite) reaction:
- Can progress to coma, death
Cornell Note-Taking System Instructions:
- Record: During the lecture, use the note-taking column to record the lecture using telegraphic sentences.
- Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based onthe notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarifymeanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthenmemory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying later.
- Recite: Cover the note-taking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas indicated by the cue-words.
- Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example: “What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on? How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know? What’s beyond them?
- Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the exam.
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