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Anxiolytic (Overview)

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) can be considered anxiolytic.


Anxiolytic (Overview)

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) can be considered anxiolytic.


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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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Overcoming Anxiety and Stress (Checklist)

As your stress or anxiety level is rising, stop what you're doing.
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Rate level of distress you're feeling from 0 (none) - 100 (overload)
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Ask yourself "What bad thing am I expecting to happen?"
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Slowly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth
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What is the most powerful anti-anxiety drug a doctor can prescribe? Please help

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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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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Could morphine work as an anxiolytic?

Could morphine work as an anxiolytic?

Indirectly.: Morphine treats pain and can treat the sensation of shortness of breath, it could also cause sleepiness. By eliminating the pain and shortness of breath, it could indirectly reduce anxiety. It is not given if anxiety is the only symptom. ...Read more

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After two weeks on Buspar (buspirone) 30 mg p/day, is it normal to feel like the anxiolytic effect is going on and off sometimes?

After two weeks on Buspar (buspirone) 30 mg p/day, is it normal to feel like the anxiolytic effect is going on and off sometimes?

Buspar (buspirone) Effect: Yes, the effect can come and go depending on various factors, not least of which can be what is going on during your daily life. Successful nxiety management entails both medication use and also non-drug interventions such as meditation, deep breathing techniques, yoga, exercise etc. Please consider adding these into your daily routines to see if they help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much time do the anxiolytic effects of methadone last?

Methadone is not an: Anxiolytic medication. It does have some nonspecific sedating properties which may be what you are feeling, but it should never be used as an anxiolytic medication because of this high potential for addiction. ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: anxiolytic?

Tranquilizer: 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) can be considered anxiolytic. ...Read more

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Could morphine work as an anxiolytic?

Indirectly.: Morphine treats pain and can treat the sensation of shortness of breath, it could also cause sleepiness. By eliminating the pain and shortness of breath, it could indirectly reduce anxiety. It is not given if anxiety is the only symptom. ...Read more

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Is it possible for morphine to work as an anxiolytic?

Indirectly: Morphine treats pain and can treat the sensation of shortness of breath, it could also cause sleepiness. By eliminating the pain and shortness of breath, it could indirectly reduce anxiety. It is not given if anxiety is the only symptom. ...Read more

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How long does the anxiolytic effects of regular propranolol last for?

How long does the anxiolytic effects of regular propranolol last for?

Propranolol: effects last about 3-6 hours. I usually have my patients take it every 4-6 hours as needed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much time do the anxiolytic effects of methadone last?

Methadone is not an: Anxiolytic medication. It does have some nonspecific sedating properties which may be what you are feeling, but it should never be used as an anxiolytic medication because of this high potential for addiction. ...Read more

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Is bupropion anxiolytic?

Is bupropion anxiolytic?

No: Bupropion is an antidepressant, but it has little if any anxiolytic activity. ...Read more

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Which is the safest anxiolytic in pregnancy?

Which is the safest anxiolytic in pregnancy?

Probably none: All of the benzodiazepines (valium/xanax/etc) r either pregnancy category d or strongly advised against during pregnancy. An older drug used for anxietyvistaril/hydroxyzine—is category c, as is inderal/propranolol, which is widely used by performers for anxiety/stage fright. Discuss these options with your ob. Biofeedback & meditation, yoga, tai chi can help fight anxiety. ...Read more

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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

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