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Which drugs are used to treat social anxiety disorder?

Which drugs are used to treat social anxiety disorder?

See the list below: Primary medications used for the treatment of social anxiety disorder include paxil, (paroxetine) venlafaxine, clonopin, MAO inhibitors, Prozac has been used as well, and zoloft is also used frequently. I have found Lexapro be useful as well although it is not fda approved for this purpose. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

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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Is heart medication used for anxiety?

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Is heart medication used for anxiety?

Anxiety: Some medications for high blood pressure can be used for performance anxiety & stage fright, such as Clonidine & inderal (propranolol). ...Read more

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Can injectable, long-lasting anti-psychotic medications be used to treat anxiety?

Can injectable, long-lasting anti-psychotic medications be used to treat anxiety?

Possibly: In 2010, a systematic review of studies assessing antipsychotics for anxiety was performed. Results showed that quetiapine, but not Olanzapine or risperidone, was effecive in some of the trials. However, there were side effects (weight gain, sedation) that need to be considered. Also, quetiapine is not one of the long-lasting injectable anti-psychotics. ...Read more

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Is nardil (phenelzine) used for social anxiety, general anxiety or depression?

Is nardil (phenelzine) used for social anxiety, general anxiety or depression?

Yes: Nardil (phenelzine) is one of the medications that belongs to maoi class. A wonderful group of medications that is not used now much because it was felt that the medications have less side effects. Some of the new doctors have no experience with these medications. Notoriously, people who benefited from maoi, like them very much and do not want to change. Nardil (phenelzine) can be used for all of the above. ...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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Do antidepressant drugs prevent depression?

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Do antidepressant drugs prevent depression?

Depression: If u r on medications, attending counseling, and in maintenance phase, yes it is possible. ...Read more

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Does anti anxiety drugs lower bp?

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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Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?

Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?

No: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine usually used for the treatment of anxiety. It may also be used to help with the anxiety symptoms sometimes associated with depression. ...Read more

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Can anti anxiety meds affect chemotherapy?

Can anti anxiety meds affect chemotherapy?

Not usually: In fact, some of the anti-anxiety agents such as Ativan might help with nausea problem. Another drug that is helpful is zyprexa (olanzapine). The only concern is that some drugs might interfere with the breakdown of some chemotherapy drugs. Your oncologist should be able to review your meds for interaction with treatment. Even tamoxifen can have interactions with antidepressants. ...Read more

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Can the blood-pressure drug clonodine be used for anxiety?

Can the blood-pressure drug clonodine be used for anxiety?

Yes, off label.: The anti hypertensive medication Clonidine stimulates alpha2-adrenoreceptors in brain stem and activates an inhibitory neuron, resulting in a decrease in vasomotor tone and heart rate. It has been used off label with variable success to treat a number of different anxiety conditions. It has no fda indication to treat anxiety. ...Read more

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Is citalopram or mirtazapine used for panic attack and anxiety?

Is citalopram or mirtazapine used for panic attack and anxiety?

Both: Citalopram & mirtazepine target symptoms of anxiety including panic attacks. The results of an open label study in panic disorder (2001) suggest that Mirtazapine seems to be a fast & effective treatment alternative for ssris in panic disorder. A placebo-controlled study (1997) demonstrated efficacy of citalopram in reducing panic attacks. Both meds have been associated with panic attacks during tx. ...Read more

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Can citalopram be used to treat social anxiety disorder?

It often is: Although it's first intended use is for major depression, it (like many or most psychotropic drugs) is used off-label for other conditions. My bias, particularly in this case - social anxiety disorder - is at least to include if not primarily use talk therapy. Learning how to manage the problem provides lifetime benefits w/out side effects. A pill only works when you take it. You're the same. ...Read more

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Can klonopin and wellbutrin (bupropion) be used to treat depersonalization disorder?

Can klonopin and wellbutrin (bupropion) be used to treat depersonalization disorder?

Yes: Reported slight or definite improvement with benzodiazepines and Clonazepam in particular. Benzodiazepines are not known to reduce dissociative symptoms; however, they do target the often comorbid anxiety and stress experienced by those with dpd and, thus, lead to global improvement.. There is no medication to treat the dissociative disorders themselves. However, a person with a dissociative dis. ...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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Can stimulant drugs cause svt?

Can stimulant drugs cause svt?

Yes and no: Stimulant drugs don't "cause" svt. To have svt there usually needs to ba an abnormal electrical circuit in the heart. However, stimulant drugs can sometimes cause extra beats, like pac's or pvc's which can trigger svt in someone who has this abnormal circuit. For this reason, they should be avoided if possible. However, the need for stimulant medications needs to be balanced against the side effec. ...Read more

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