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Do anti-anxiety drugs adversely affect nerve regeneration?

I don't want to mess up my chances for a full recovery, but I'm wondering if anyone knows whether anti-anxiety drugs (i.e. Xanax, Clonazepam, Sertraline, etc.) negatively affect nerve healing/regeneration. Since their purpose is basically to calm down the central nervous system, it makes me wonder whether that slowing down of nerve signals might slow down the regenerative process. I have occasion to take such drugs from time to time, as I live a very stressful life, and I actually find they ease my nerve symptoms, but I'm not sure that's a good thing in the long run. I need as full a recovery as possible. Does anyone have any insights or experience?


  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    We know they effect nerves so .... therefore I would tend to assume they have many effects on the nerves some unknown some unknown. ON many .... most (and this includes older medications) it will state in the description of action "That the exact mechanism of effect ... IS NOT KNOWN" that applies to the primary med. Did I answer your question?

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  • I have not heard anything about the meds affecting nerves. Xanax and clonazepam work by increasing GABA levels in the brain. Setraline increases serotonin levels in the brain. Talk to your surgeon if you have concerns.
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