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A 36-year-old member asked:

What medications are the best to help cope with anxiety and depression?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 22 years experience
No "best" medication: People respond to medicine differently. Prozac may work for one person's depression but not anothers. Ssri's (i.e. Zoloft, (sertraline) celexa, lexapro) are a common family of medications that help with both issues. It may take time to find the right medicine that both works and is tolerated well. If one does not work, do not give up hope as a different family of medication could then be tried.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the best medication for anxiety and depression tried everything?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 30 years experience
No one pick: There isn't the be all end all of psychiatric drugs out there. If there was, that would be the only one we'd use. Everyone is different and everyone responds differently to these drugs. Certain classes of medication are for certain diseases, but you'll need to keep trying different classes until you find the right one or the right dose or combination. A psychiatry referral may be in order.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What can I do to cope with depression without medication?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 22 years experience
Depression treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, support groups, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort) and journaling vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. For severe depression a combination of therapy and medication work best.
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A 50-year-old member asked:

What medicine helps both anxiety and depression?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Erik Messamore
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Most antidepressants: The name is misleading. Most medications that were originally intended to treat depression can also help with anxiety disorders. SSRI medications are probably the most commonly used. Tricyclic antidepressants have more side effects but can also be very helpful in treating both anxiety and depression. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is probably better for depression and not as useful for anxiety.
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Last updated May 12, 2016

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