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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
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
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
Tolerance of Valium -are CNS depressant qualities of this drug also tolerance forming, or just anxiolytic effect?
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 more
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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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
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
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
Probably none: All the benzodiazepines (valium/xanax/etc) r either pregnancy category d or strongly advised against during pregnancy. An older drug used for anxietyvistaril/hydroxyzineis 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
Propranolol: Effects last about 3-6 hours. I usually have my patients take it every 4-6 hours as needed. ...Read more
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
Yes: Stop breathing--you die. Tranxene (clorazepate) is a respiratory depressant. ...Read more
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
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
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
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