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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

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is bupropion anxiolytic?

Bupropion is not: Considered an anxiolytic medication. Sedating antidepressants often can have effect of reducing anxiety — whereas bupropion tends to be more stimulating. Increased anxiety can sometimes occur as a side effect. However, some more recent findings are showing at least some anxiolytic affects of bupropion. ...Read more

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Which is the safest anxiolytic in pregnancy?

Which is the safest anxiolytic in pregnancy?

Probably none: All the benzodiazepines (valium/xanax/etc) r either pregnancy category d or strongly advised against during pregnancy. An older drug used for anxiety—vistaril/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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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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Can cyclobenzaprine have anxiolytic effects?

Yes.: In fact, it can make you downright sleepy. ...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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Does ketamine have anxiolytic properties?

I don't believe so: I was only able to find that it can cause anxiety. I couldn't find any reference to it alleviating anxiety, unlike it's reported effects on alleviating treatment resistant depression when properly prescribed and administered. ...Read more

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Hi' how long does it take trazodone to give an anxiolytic effect.

Trazodone effect: Although trazodone is a ssri, so it should treat depression and anxiety, for most patients it is far too sedating to be used for anything except insomnia. If it does not put you to sleep, it might help anxiety within 1-2 hours after taking it. If it does not help anxiety, try a higher dose, although this likely will put you into deep sleep. Talk with your doctor to find the best anxiety med for you. ...Read more

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Please list some OTC anxiolytics or meds with anxiolytic properties, apart from benzos and barbs which are not otc.

Please list some OTC anxiolytics or meds with anxiolytic properties, apart from benzos and barbs which are not otc.

Saint John's Wort: There are multiple over the counter agents with potentially anxiolytic properties. It is presently thought that saint john's wort or kava could reduce anxiety. Valerian root has also been described as reducing anxiety. Additionally, Diphenhydramine could potentially reduce anxiety and this medications is available for purchase over the counter. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Sertraline had much better anxiolytic properties than for me, than prosac is there a third alternative?

Sertraline had much better anxiolytic properties than for me, than prosac is there a third alternative?

Non-SSRI: Both sertraline (zoloft) and fluoxetine (prozac) belong to an antidepressant class known as ssris that have sexual side effects in some patients. Depending on your diagnosis, medication such as buspar, (buspirone) Remeron & others might be a "third option" with a different side effect profile -discuss this with your doc. ...Read more

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I want to get off pills. Can I just stop taking my antidepressant and anxiolytic?

I want to get off pills. Can I just stop taking my antidepressant and anxiolytic?

No: It is not advised to stop without consulting with a doctor to see if you are ready and come up with a weaning schedule. If you do, you greatly increase your risk of having recurrent problems that can be even more severe. ...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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