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Are there effective alternatives to sertraline for treating anxiety and depression?

Are there effective alternatives to sertraline for treating anxiety and depression?

Yes: Read nutrient power, and also read about neurofeedback. There are ways to tweak brain chemistry with Amino Acids and other nutrients, and biofeedback can be done on the brain. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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How effective is Lexapro (escitalopram) for OCD and anxiety compared to other ssri's?

How effective is Lexapro (escitalopram) for OCD and anxiety compared to other ssri's?

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 or worse. Whatever works best for you is the best. Remember, though that higher doses are often needed to help with OCD. Also, you need to give these mess time enough to see if,they are helping. Work with your doc to get the best results. ...Read more

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What are alternatives to medication for anxiety and depression?

What are alternatives to medication for anxiety and depression?

You betcha.: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition with 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time with friends and stay active. ...Read more

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Xanax (alprazolam) vs anti-depressants for my social anxiety, which would you recommend?

Xanax (alprazolam) vs anti-depressants for my social anxiety, which would you recommend?

Antidepressant: Antidepressant would be a better choice for the first attempt at treatment. They do not cause tolerance or withdrawal that can lead to dependence. Xanax (alprazolam) does have a higher risk for dependence. Xanax (alprazolam) can make you drowsy and many antidepressants on the market do not. ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternatives to klonopin (clonazepam) for anxiety issues and panic attacks?

Can you suggest any alternatives to klonopin (clonazepam) for anxiety issues and panic attacks?

Psychotherapy: Certain types of psychotherapy are just as helpful for treating anxiety and panic attacks as a medication like klonopin (clonazepam). One very effective form of therapy for anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy that utilizes exposure. Panic attack records and worry logs, along with exposure experiences normalize the experience of anxiety and panic. ...Read more

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What's a better drug for depression and anxiety, Paxil (paroxetine) or cymbalta?

What's a better drug for depression and anxiety, Paxil (paroxetine) or cymbalta?

Neither: Whichever medication works for you, and is tolerated by you is the best drug for you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is effexor/venlafaxine better than Paxil (paroxetine) for social anxiety?

Social Anxiety: Reactions to the various ssris is very individual. Some of them are marketed as better for certain specific anxiety or depressive disorders, but in fact the only way to know which med or meds is going to work for you is to try them under the care of a skilled psychiatrist and make adjustments, additions, or stop them if they are not working or causing side effects. The most important thing is to find a therapist skilled at treating your particular disorder. Specialists in anxiety disorders most often use cognitive and behavioral techniques to help you feel and function better. ...Read more

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Can I take luvox for ocd and wellbutrin (bupropion) for antidepressant?

Can I take luvox for ocd and wellbutrin (bupropion) for antidepressant?

It is possible but..: Yes they both work in the body differently so in some cases it can be a good combination with Luvox (fluvoxamine) being effective for ocd and depression and Wellbutrin being an antidepressant that works differently than the Luvox (fluvoxamine). However, they both can cause side effects and it is possible that in some cases they could magnify each others side effects. So you need to go slowly with the guidance of your doctor ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 150mg Wellbutrin (bupropion) for depression with 25mg zoloft for anxiety and 10mg Adderall for ADD?

Quite a Mix: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a good medication for depression AND ADD, but 10mg of Adderall and 25 mgs of Sertraline are starters and probably not helping with much but keeping you awake. See a Psychiatric specialist if you are not, and be alert to needed dosage increases. Both Depression and Anxiety can cause attention problems, but respond to SSRI's alone. ...Read more

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I need to find ssri that will work for severe anxiety. Paxil (paroxetine) made me gain lbs,lexapro and Zoloft stopped working . Would celexa work. Others?

I need to find ssri that will work for severe  anxiety. Paxil (paroxetine) made me gain lbs,lexapro and Zoloft stopped working . Would celexa work. Others?

Therapy may help: Anxiety has biological roots, but are stimulated through psychological perceptions. Consider adding therapy to your medication and see either a talk therapist or a biofeedback therapist who can help you with evidence based biological interventions in addition to medicine. ...Read more

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What is a better treatment for anxiety and ocd, Paxil (paroxetine) or nafazodone?

What is a better treatment for anxiety and ocd, Paxil (paroxetine) or nafazodone?

Paxil (paroxetine): Of the two drugs you mention, Paxil (paroxetine) would be better for anxiety and ocd. It is in the ssri class, which is known to treat these conditions. Nefazodone is a sedating antidepressant. It might decrease anxiety via sedation, but is not directly anxiety-relieving. Nor does it treat OCD to the best of my knowledge. ...Read more

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I take Effexor (venlafaxine) and wellbutrin for panic disorder. What other treatments are best besides medications?

I take Effexor (venlafaxine) and wellbutrin for panic disorder. What other treatments are best besides medications?

Talk therapy: Even with medication, i think it is a very goo idea to do some cbt talk therapy. That can help you feel more skilled (less helpless) in moderating or avoiding attacks. You may not need the meds if you are successful. Also meditation and certain exercise programs can be a good support for correcting this disorder. I'm impressed by your interest in self-management. I bet you'll do well. ...Read more

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Can antidepressants work for anxiety?

Can antidepressants work for anxiety?

Perhaps: Some antidepressants reduce anxiety, but work best in conjunction with learning how to recognize & manage anxiety through both thought change and physical management (i.e.Exercise). For example, Paxil (paroxetine) is commonly prescribed for social anxiety, but works best when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy. Medicine is great but, anxiety lessens most when we know how to control it. ...Read more

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I take Lexapro for ptsd used to take geodon, (ziprasidone) abilify, trazodone and seroquel what are other meds for ptsd?

I take Lexapro for ptsd used to take geodon, (ziprasidone) abilify, trazodone and seroquel what are other meds for ptsd?

Dr Jacobson is RIGHT: Minipress (prazosin) is a wonderful medication for nightmare control in some people where nothing else works. Quite a revolutionary step in some very bad and chronic cases for parasomnias (nighmares) in folks with PTSD. Ask your doctor about it if you suffer from this condition. ...Read more

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Which antidepressant would you recommend for anxiety Lexapro or wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Which antidepressant would you recommend for anxiety Lexapro or wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Anxiety medication: Lexapro and other ssri medications are considered first line treatment for a variety of anxiety disorders. Wellbutrin, (bupropion) while often a very effective medication for depression (and off-label for add/adhd), does not have a significant serotonin effect and therefore is not considered to be a great medication to treat anxiety. It does help with depression that can be co-morbid commonly with anxiety. ...Read more

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Is it okay to switch from Zoloft to Lexapro (escitalopram) for panic disorder/agoraphobia?

Is it okay to switch from Zoloft to Lexapro (escitalopram) for panic disorder/agoraphobia?

If it is approved by: Your prescribing provider. Both are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Lexapro (escitalopram) is approved for treatment of major depression ; generalized anxiety disorder but some doctors use it off label for panic disorder ; agoraphobia. ...Read more

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Can celexa (citalopram) work better than buspirone for anxiety and panic attacks?

Possibly: Citalopram and Buspirone are both described as being effective for anxiety. The magnitude of the difference between their effects is likely small if studied formally in a research setting although my experience with both is that i would predict someone would experience more comprehensive reduction in the severity of their anxiety and panic attacks in the context of citalopram treatment. ...Read more

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Can strattera (atomoxetine) be used for anxiety and ocd?

Can strattera (atomoxetine) be used for anxiety and ocd?

I haven't seen it: Used this way before. It is indicated for add/adhd. However, who knows? Maybe this is a new brilliant off -label use. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Paroxetine (Definition)

Brand name paxil, (paroxetine) it's an ssri used for treating depression, anxiety, ocd, and several other conditions. It ...Read more


Paxil (Definition)

Paroxetine is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more