Why we should buy some alpha brain supplements
The FDA is trying to figure out how to get some of the drugs that have been shown to help people with anxiety back on the market.
The agency has issued a series of recommendations on how to treat anxiety in adults with anxiety disorders, including lowering the amount of benzodiazepines prescribed for anxiety, reducing the number of sedatives and possibly lowering the dose of anti-anxiety drugs.
But it’s not clear what the agency is doing with the alpha brain, or alpha blockers, which were developed by an American company.
Some researchers have used alpha blockers to treat some anxiety-related symptoms, including a common type of panic attack called social phobia.
Some anxiety specialists have even said that alpha blockers may be helpful for people who are still on drugs.
They include Dr. Gary N. Davis of the University of Michigan, who was featured on Dr. Oz’s podcast.
“It could be helpful to treat an anxiety disorder,” Davis told ABC News.
“But there’s not enough evidence to make that recommendation.”
The FDA, in an advisory released Friday, said that while it would be useful to know more about alpha blockers and their potential therapeutic benefit, it’s still too early to make any definitive recommendations on what dosage and frequency should be used.
Alpha blockers are sometimes used as an alternative treatment for other anxiety disorders that aren’t associated with a high degree of severe panic attacks.
The FDA did, however, warn that patients with milder anxiety disorders may want to consider taking alpha blockers because they are also a safe and effective treatment.
The advisory noted that some research suggests that alpha blockages may help people who have a history of panic attacks or who are at high risk of developing a panic attack or panic attack-like symptoms, like social phobias, if used within the first few weeks after a panic disorder diagnosis.
Davis said he would recommend taking alpha blocker supplements within one week of a panic episode, though he said he hasn’t seen a specific study showing that this is the optimal dose.
“That’s why I would advise against it,” Davis said.
“I wouldn’t say to take it every day, but it could be a good thing.”
He said that although alpha blockers are safe and well tolerated, some people with serious anxiety disorders might not benefit from them.
“You don’t have to take them every day,” Davis added.
“They could be useful in a smaller number of people.
If someone has a panicattack, maybe they are more prone to it.”
Dr. Daniel C. Dennett, a psychiatrist at New York University, told ABCNews.com that while he hasn’t seen evidence of any benefits for panic attacks, he has seen patients who are more sensitive to benzodiazapines and who might benefit from alpha blockers.
But Dennett added that it’s important to talk to your doctor before using alpha blockers for anxiety treatment, because they can have side effects, like dizziness and anxiety.
“The idea is to try to find the right balance,” he said.
Davis also told ABC’s Good Morning America that while his research on alpha blockers has been positive, he’s not sure if the FDA’s guidelines are sufficient to make the drugs a standard part of people’s treatment plans.
“When I say standard, I’m talking about if you have a severe panic attack,” Davis explained.
“If you are an anxiety sufferer who has been taking benzodazepam or another benzodilator for anxiety for a long time, the risk of taking alpha blockades is probably greater.”
ABC News’ Michael Fusco and The Associated Press contributed to this report.