Anxiety meds are not a quick fix for the LSAT. There are some weird side effects involved. Especially within the first 4 weeks of taking them. In fact, some could make you even more nervous until your body gets used to them. That would just be another obstacle/distraction to deal with.
Quote from: lp1283 on January 14, 2008, 04:35:13 PMAnxiety meds are not a quick fix for the LSAT. There are some weird side effects involved. Especially within the first 4 weeks of taking them. In fact, some could make you even more nervous until your body gets used to them. That would just be another obstacle/distraction to deal with. I couldn't agree more. Also, if you are not used to stimulants such as coffee, do not start using them on test day.
Because caffeine is primarily an antagonist of the central nervous system's receptors for the neurotransmitter adenosine, the bodies of individuals who regularly consume caffeine adapt to the continual presence of the drug by substantially increasing the number of adenosine receptors in the central nervous system. This increase in the number of the adenosine receptors makes the body much more sensitive to adenosine, with two primary consequences. First, the stimulatory effects of caffeine are substantially reduced, a phenomenon known as a tolerance adaptation. Second, because these adaptive responses to caffeine make individuals much more sensitive to adenosine, a reduction in caffeine intake will effectively increase the normal physiological effects of adenosine, resulting in unwelcome withdrawal symptoms in tolerant users.
symptoms—possibly including headache, irritability, an inability to concentrate, and stomach aches—may appear within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuation of caffeine intake, peak at roughly 48 hours, and usually last from one to five days, representing the time required for the number of adenosine receptors in the brain to revert to "normal" levels, uninfluenced by caffeine consumption. Analgesics, such as aspirin, can relieve the pain symptoms, as can a small dose of caffeine. Most effective is a combination of both an analgesic and a small amount of caffeine.