A 30-year-old male asked:
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what is the safest anti anxiety medication with the least amount of side effects? (i have tried exercise, cbt, counselling etc so do not suggest these

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Dr. Robert Grindstaff
38 years experience Addiction Medicine
Anxiety: Probably an SSRI or hydroxyzine
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
22 years experience Pediatrics
SSRI's: SSRI's are the most commonly used medication for anxiety and depression for long term use. They do carry a black box warning and pt needs to follow up often but they have very low side effect likelihood. People may use benzodiazepenes for panic attacks and quick relief but those long term can be addictive and dangerous.
Answered on Aug 26, 2014
Dr. Robert Nelson
36 years experience Family Medicine
Need both approaches: SSRi's with the fewest drug interactions, which would be probably Zoloft (sertraline) and Celexa; not addictive and few side effects too. Everyone responds differently, an individual approach is needed. Non-drug treatments for anxiety are important to continue also, as medication do not cure anxiety and are less effective if not getting good sleep, proper nutrition, insight into your anxiety and exercise.
Answered on May 15, 2016
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