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What're the best medications for anxiety and panic disorder?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Medications that: Raise serotonin in the brain can significantly decrease baseline anxiety, which can prevent panic from happening. Sometimes adding a long acting benzodiazepine like Clonazepam can further decrease baseline anxiety.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Medications that: Raise serotonin in the brain can significantly decrease baseline anxiety, which can prevent panic from happening. Sometimes adding a long acting benzodiazepine like Clonazepam can further decrease baseline anxiety.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Not benzos: The challenge for me is always to try and have a patient panic free without having to resort to benzodiazapines. These drugs include xanax, (alprazolam) klonopin, valium and others. Because they are potentially addictive, i avoid them. My drug of choice for panic disorder is nortriptyline. I also like citalopram and buspirone.
Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry 35 years experience
MANY: There are a lot of options for treating panic and anxiety. The antidepressant class of medications is often used for anxiety. I believe that benzodiazepines (ie xanax, (alprazolam) valium etc) have a place and can be used very safely if prescribed appropriately.

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What is the best medication other than benzos for anxiety and panic?

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Panic: Ssris do help most times, such as zoloft, lexapro, (escitalopram) etc.
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A 39-year-old female asked:

What medicines are there for anxiety and panic disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Many: There are many medicines for anxiety and panic disorder. All the ssri antidepressants such as celexa, prozac, lexapro, zoloft, etc can be helpful. Also snri's like Effexor and pristiq (desvenlafaxine). These generally take a few weeks to work, and doses can be gradually titrated to effectiveness. Benzodiazepines like klonipin and ativan, but these can be habit forming. Buspar & propanolol can be used too.

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