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Anti Anxiety Drug Medication
It depends.: Anxiety comes in different types. Panic attacks, bad worrying, phobic fears etc. In fact anxiety comes with almost all psychiatric disorders in adults. Think of it like a symptom and talk with your doctor to get a diagnosis and then the right drug. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Any medicine that makes a person less troubled by anxiety is "anxiolytic" ("lysis" is literally a loosening). The term is traditionally used for medicines but perhaps insight / behavioral treatments for anxiety or intervening in a crazy life situation (one of a physician's most helpful procedures) ...Read more
Alprazolam: I usually rx Alprazolam for short flight. I will sometimes use zolpidem if it is a long flight and the patient will require zolpidem for resetting the diurnal clock. Word of warning - do not take meds too soon before boarding as you may miss your flight. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SSRI: Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor-ssri) used to treat depression and anxiety. It works by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters such as serotonin) in the brain. Lexapro (escitalopram) may improve your feelings of well-being and energy level and decrease nervousness. ...Read more
Natural Options: Always consult a medical professional before taking a supplement. There is evidenced that certain supplements can help with anxiety. GABA & L-Theanine worth considering. Recommend consulting with a naturally oriented health professional. Recommend The Supplement Handbook by Moyad for more info on GABA and L-Theanine including dosing. All the best on your search for answers and good health! ...Read more
Effect, not power!: What you seek is effectiveness - not power. And that is not a one-answer-for-all query. It's also not always best managed in the long run by pharma. CBT psychotherapy is safe and teaches skills to avois, reduce ans manage anxiety (etc) for life. Often meds are used to get thru rough patches, but living more wisely is what matters. Best wishes! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the difference between a sedative anti anxiety drug and one that increases serotonin? what is the difference in how they make you feel?
Mechanism of Action: Different anxiolytic meds target different neurotransmitter systems. 'Sedatives' usually refer to drugs that modulate GABA in some way, e.g. benzodiazepines, and are usually very effective immediately, however a small percentage (about 2%) will develop dependency/addiction problems. Other medications target serotonin and noradrenergic pathways, can take weeks to work, but aren't habit forming. ...Read more
Hi I took an anti anxiety drug, buspar, (buspirone) for 5 days and quit; then took zoloft inconsistently for 6 days and quit. Would that have done any damage?
Prob not - brief tx.: However, as you probably know haphazard use of psychotropic medications will not be of help. If you were on the medications for longer you might have had some discontinuation effects. ...Read more
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How can thorazine (chlorpromazine) be used for anxiety and and have anxiolytic properties if it induces akithesia which can lead lead to anxiety?
Dose dependent: Thorazine (chlorpromazine) wouldn't usually be my first choice for treating anxiety, though its use for that makes sense to me if used in low doses, since it dose have anxiolytic properties and is non-addicting. At low doses of thorazine, akathisia (restlessness) is less common than with Haldol (haloperidol) and several other medicines that tend to cause akathisia. ...Read more
Anxiety disorders; I sometimes take benzos. Alprazolam I feel intense calmness, while clonazepam has no physical effects. Might it still be anxiolytic?
27y/o f narcolepsy/sle/anxiety/add benzodiazepines paradoxically increase anxiety any suggestions for nonbenzo anxiolytic? Pt takes Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and apri.
Tough question: Switch to another psychostimulant or reduce the dose to start. Sometimes selective beta blockers can be added (naldolol, metoprolol). Low dose trazadone can be added (low antichiolinergic profile) it has some anxiolyt. I suggest making only one change at a time if possible. Buspar (buspirone) can be tried but BP has to be watched. I'm assuming the diagnosis of narcolepsy and add have been carefully worked up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many options: No single anti-anxiety medication is considered universally superior to the others. Ssri/snri classes of medications are considered among the best/first line treatment for anxiety disorders. Benefit by biological relatives can be a basis to go with one medication over another. Psychotherapy in combination with medication treatment generally yields the best outcome. See your doctor and good luck! ...Read more
Tolerance of Valium -are CNS depressant qualities of this drug also tolerance forming, or just anxiolytic effect?
Hello! i have sinusitis problem with stomach pain ,and i was using anxiolytic drugs since last year,now i am using anti depression drug , what i do to get good health?
Good health: follow your doctors recommendations. This is not a question we can answer in 400 characters. ...Read more
YES/NO: Medications that treat anxiety are many and not limited to what is referred to as "antianxiety meds" which usually are benzodiazepines , for those , they do relax smooth muscles and may drop blood pressure, it is not a clinically significant common side effect that we see frequently in anxiety clinic. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more
Yes: Benzodiazepines such as klonopin, ativan, valium, and xanax (alprazolam) can all cause sedation anytime they are used. Dose adjustments and monitoring are very important. When used long-term and consistently, they can produce physical habituation and dependence. This is one reason ssri and other less habit-forming medications are safer (plus effective) when anxiety is chronic. ...Read more
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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