Anxiolytics are medications that are used to treat symptoms of anxiety and anxiety disorders. They work by altering the levels of certain chemicals in the brain that affect mood and emotions. There are different types of anxiolytics, including benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepines.
Indications for anxiolytics are primarily anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. They can also be used to treat symptoms of acute stress and as a short-term treatment for insomnia.