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A 28-year-old male asked:

Would a benzo like ativan be better for anxiety or is an ssri like lexapro (escitalopram) better for anxiety relief. i need it to be quick acting .

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Dr. Michelle King
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Anxiety: An SSRI would be the best bet for longer relief, would be once a day dosing, and you’d not have to think about it, being benefited by having the anxiety treated 24/7 with minimal commitment and medical repercussions. However, it takes time to work; in that case, a benzo works faster, and sometimes using a benzo while waiting for the SSRI to take effect can be useful in some cases.
Last updated Jun 7, 2017

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