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What is the best anti-anxiety drug?

What is the best anti-anxiety drug?

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 more

Anxiolytic (Definition)

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


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What's an anti-anxiety drug to use of plane trip?

What's an anti-anxiety drug to use of plane trip?

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 more

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What anti-anxiety drug keeps you sedated?

What anti-anxiety drug keeps you sedated?

Why?: Why do you want to be sedated? Usually we try to find a medication that helps with anxiety but does not make the patient sedated. Xanax (alprazolam) or Valium tend to be sedating. ...Read more

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What is the best non-addictive anti-anxiety drug?

What is the best non-addictive anti-anxiety drug?

SSRIs: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants like zoloft Prozac Celexa Paxil (paroxetine) and Lexapro are amongst the best. So far no drug has been voted the "best"anti-anxiety agent. ...Read more

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What do you know about an anti-anxiety drug lexapro (escitalopram)?

What do you know about an anti-anxiety drug lexapro (escitalopram)?

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

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Is there any anti anxiety drug available over the counter? I am in London, thanks a lot

Is there any anti anxiety drug available over the counter? I am in London, thanks a lot

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

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What is the most powerful anti-anxiety drug a doctor can prescribe? Please help

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 more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

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

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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.

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 more

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Can you tell me some anxiolytic drugs you can suggest in alternative to benzodiazepines?

Can you tell me some anxiolytic drugs you can suggest in alternative to benzodiazepines?

A couple: Buspirone; vistaril; ssri's like paroxetine, sertraline, escitalopram; mirtazepine; trazodone, etc. Psychotherapy can be very effective. So can homeopathy; also certain herbs like lemon balm, kava, and theanine (a component of green tea). ...Read more

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Which anxiolytic drug works best?

Which anxiolytic drug works best?

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

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Tolerance of Valium -are CNS depressant qualities of this drug also tolerance forming, or just anxiolytic effect?

Tolerance of Valium -are CNS depressant qualities of this drug also tolerance forming, or just anxiolytic effect?

Valium tolerance: When valium induces tolerance, this includes all its cns-depressant effects. It's similar to alcohol, where someone could appear "sober" despite having a high blood alcohol level. If the blood alcohol level dips from usual, withdrawal symptoms may be experienced. ...Read more

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Does anti anxiety drugs lower bp?

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

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Can anti-anxiety drugs cause sedation if used long term?

Can anti-anxiety drugs cause sedation if used long term?

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

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Can phosphatidylserine be taken with anti anxiety drugs?

Can phosphatidylserine be taken with anti anxiety drugs?

Not in Alzheimers: If the person does not have alzheimer's where it would react against treatment for that condition, it would be fine as long as the antianxiety drug is not a tricyclic antidepressant or any medication that causes dry mouth and blurred vision (anticholinergic symptoms). ...Read more

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Docs are refusing anti-anxiety meds because of a previous drug history... How can I get them understand I need meds?

Docs are refusing anti-anxiety meds because of a previous drug history... How can I get them understand I need meds?

Anxiety Treatment: Let me be frank. The best treatment is not the commonly used 'anxiety' meds. These do not treat, or prevent or cure anxiety. They are significantly addicting.

But, there are medications that work to prevent any anxiety that are not addicting and are very safe to take. They just take a few doses to start working.

Anyone with the disease of addiction should be happy that your docs care about you. ...Read more

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What are anti-anxiety drugs other than xanax (alprazolam)?

What are anti-anxiety drugs other than xanax (alprazolam)?

Antianxiety meds.: There are very many prescription medications including other benzodiazepines including ativan, klonopin, serax and tranxene; there is Buspar (buspirone) for gad; antidepressants treat anxiety including the ssris, snris, tcas and maois, certain antihistamines including hydroxyzine; beta blockers for social anxiety, antipsychotics for severe anxiety in some situations. There are nonprescription products also. ...Read more

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Is Lexapro (escitalopram) one of the best anti anxiety drugs in the market today?

Lexapro (escitalopram) has FDA: Indications for generalized anxiety disorder ; major depressive disorder. It is an excellent medication but there are also other ssri's that are very effective in treating anxiety. See you already take xanax (alprazolam). It works very differently than taking a benzodiazapine. ...Read more

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Which anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs that slow down body metabolism the least?

Which anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs that slow down body metabolism the least?

Wellbutrin (bupropion) is often: Used for atypical depression. In some cases, people who are overweight and depressed have been able to lose modest amounts of weight when taking this medication. Lexapro (escitalopram) is a fairly weight neutral ssri. Talk to you doctor for his/her recommendation. ...Read more

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How well does the drug vistaril (hydroxyzine) compare to other anti-anxiety pills?

How well does the drug vistaril (hydroxyzine) compare to other anti-anxiety pills?

Individuals differ: Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine with mild sedating and anxiety-relieving effects. It doesn't work the same as a benzodiazepine (valium, Ativan etc), but then it's not addictive either. Some people get a lot of relief from vistaril (hydroxyzine) and similar meds; some don't. Talk to your doctor about what works for you and what doesn't. There may be other options to explore. ...Read more

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What sort of anti anxiety drugs/sleeping pills DON'T depress breathing?

What sort of anti anxiety drugs/sleeping pills DON'T depress breathing?

All have potential: All prescription anxiolytics (anti-anxiety) drugs and sleeping pills have the potential of depressing breathing. In people with comprised respiratory systems the risk is even greater. ...Read more

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I have tried every anti depressant, anti anxiety, otc. For my insomnia and anxiety. Only 1 drug helps n doctors hate writing it even tho I've been on it for years. Any nola doc can write me my xanax (alprazolam)?

Pill not enough: The problem is not finding a doctor who is willing to write a script. The pill must be part of a treatment plan - not the only treatment. Xanax (alprazolam) is habit-forming and loses effectiveness after taking it for a long time. You need an overall plan, including developing your own coping skills. ...Read more

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How can I get on anti-anxiety medication?

How can I get on anti-anxiety medication?

Anxiety: Need to be evaluated by a psychiatrist to determine presence of anxiety, type of anxiety, and to advise on best treatment approach. ...Read more

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What is the best natural anti anxiety medication?

No one: Unfortunately, there is no universal cure. Different things work for different people - st. John's wort, valerian root are the two most common. 5-htp is another one but takes a while to work. ...Read more

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How to figure out the best anti-anxiety medication for me?

How to figure out the best anti-anxiety medication for me?

Consult with a: Psychiatrist to decide what medication to try. In addition meet with a psychologist for psychotherapy. ...Read more

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