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is effexor effective for anxiety disorders

A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Ragusea
40 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Body chemistry: First, Effexor (venlafaxine) is primarily an antidepressant and, in my experience, only occasionally reduces anxiety. Ever body is different and a fe ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Many options: The problems of depression and anxiety often need medications but counseling is also helpful in successful treatment. If a medication does not work we ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Catherine Willner
34 years experience in Neurology
Discuss with doc: This is a question that you should discuss with the person prescribing effexor (venlafaxine). Sometimes the drug being used might interfere with slee ... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience in Clinical Psychology
GAD: Please do not change your medications w/out the guidance of your doctor. Choose one, perhaps your primary care doctor, since he/she looks at your ove ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: Yes, sertraline can help with anxiety. Your psychiatrist can evaluate and work with you to arrive at the best regimen, though. It is usually best to ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Different strokes...: The polls of patients say slightly more prefer Zoloft (sertraline) for panic, but it's a very unique fit. Neither was initially for that - they're ant ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Not by itself: Risperdal is an antipsychotic medication, usually used for people with hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, thought disorder, etc. When someone's dep ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mary p Marshall
37 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Consider other therapies: Cognitive behavioral or mindful therapy is affective without side effects to treat generalized anxiety disorder and ADHD.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
56 years experience in Psychiatry
I wouldn't: Consult a board certified child psychiatrist. No delay.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
19 years experience in psychiatry
No "best" drug: There is no "best" medication for anxiety. People respond differently to medication. You have to find the one that works for you as they can have side ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Miles
46 years experience in Psychiatry
One of several: Zoloft (sertraline) is an effective drug for treating anxiety and depression. Other drugs in its class (ssris) are also effective for these conditions ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Anafranil (clomipramine): Can work at low dose for anxiety symptoms.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes it can be: Faverin = fluvoxamine, an antidepressant which also has significant anti-anxiety attributes. Like most ssri's, it may cause GI side effects such as n ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marcie Berman
38 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Depends on you: All of the SSRIs are effective in treating OCD, anxiety, and of course, depression. Different people have different results so no one SSRI is better ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marvin Miller
47 years experience in Psychiatry
Possibly: Hydroxyzine is modestly helpful for anxiety. However one of the ssri meds (liek zoloft (sertraline) or lexapro) has more longterm benefit and safety.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Soto
25 years experience in Psychiatry
It depends: In head to head studies, antidepressants generally work equally well. The choice of antidepressant really depends on the side effects that the person ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes it can be: In hypnosis, you're focusing very intensely on the hypnotist's voice & suggestions, screening out other things. It can be like getting involved in an ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Lexapro (escitalopram): At therapeutic dose, yes.
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A 75-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
41 years experience in Psychiatry
Not in my practice: Gabapentin has not been shown to be as effective as standard medication treatments for anxiety in my experience. I have found that higher doses of ss ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
35 years experience in Psychiatry
Only if depressed: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is an antidepressant, and is also used to help people stop smoking (reduces craving). It has no direct effect on anxiety. How ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Owen Scott
38 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Useful: Studies show SSRI's such as Celexa (citalopram) and Zoloft (sertraline) are effective with 70% of OCD patients. Venlafaxine (a SNRI) has been found to ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Imad Khreim
38 years experience in Psychiatry
NO: I am not aware of any evidence based effective treatment for panic disorder that is widely practiced with a consensus other than what you mentioned .. ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Forster
35 years experience in Psychiatry
Can be: Hypnotherapy depends on the quality of the therapist and also on your ability to be hypnotized. But depending on the specific anxiety condition, and h ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Pancner
17 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Luvox (fluvoxamine) and anxiety: Luvox is an ssri antidepressant and is in the same classification as prozax, zoloft, Celexa and lexapro (escitalopram). It's niche, so to speak, is to ... Read More
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