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Fast Acting Anti Anxiety Medicine
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
Either/or Hydroxyzine HCL or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for getting through medicine induced hyperthyroid anxiety? (Off all thyroid meds, taking low dose propranolol)
Anxiety Meds: Fast acting are benzodiazepines ativan, klonopin, xanax.Long acting are ssri prozac, zoloft, celexa, Lexapro Buspar (buspirone) and new gen Cymbalta etc.Best is to have a baseline stable meds and not just use as needed meds. Get a consultation with a psychiatrist to get better recommendations and treatment and don't live with a disabling anxiety. ...Read more
Yes, but they are...: Yes, but they are not a cure all. Most studies recommend a combination of medication & psychotherapy. Since I am a psychologist, unless the depression is very severe & the person is suicidal or the anxiety is debilitating, i start with psychotherapy & refer for medication if it is needed later. The meds may take the edge off & allow the person to take better advantage of the psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which medicine is best for high anxiety before interview propranolol 40 mg long acting or clonazepam .25mg?
Med stronger than Xanax (alprazolam) for panic? High tolerance, 8mg doesn't phase me. Strongest med for mdd? Been thru all, ssri & maoi. Ect failed, 33 treatments.
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
Id rather try buspar (buspirone) or an anti anxiety medicine other than xanax long term. Can buspar (buspirone) be as effective? i do see psych., eat healthy, exercise.
Ask your doctor: who knows your history, is class of medications is not recommended for people 65 and over and you are within a year of this age.T ...Read more
Which is a better anti depressant drug to treat panic attacks, anxiety and depression. Lexapro (escitalopram) or zoloft?
Both Potentially: Lexapro (escitalopram) and zoloft are similar medications and have both been shown to be helpful for panic, anxiety, and depression. There is probably a decreased percentage of side effects with lexapro (escitalopram), (escitalopram) so it might be preferable for that reason. However, plenty of people do well with either medicine, and I have had some patients do well with zoloft after not getting benefit with lexapro (escitalopram). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Different meds: Seroquel (quetiapine) is an antipsychotic med used for severe psychiatric disorders. It is not indicated for panic attacks in otherwise well-functioning people. Clonazepam has several uses including treating panic disorder. Be sure you discuss with prescribing doctor. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more
Many ways to 'relax': without taking medications. Meditation, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation exercises, physical exercise itself, and many books on the above topics can help. Medication is generally a short-term solution, but in people with more serious anxiety disorders antidepressant medication like SSRIs are effective for anxiety as well as depression. Ativan&serax can also give temporary relief. ...Read more
What's better for anxiety-induced insomnia (mind racing at night) - ssri's or benzodiazepines? Or other? Which class is addicting and least addicting?
Both can be used: Ssris are used for the long term management of anxiety and panic attacks and the benzodiazepines are used for immediate, short acting relief of insomnia, panic attacks and the general discomfort that anxiety creates. Ssris are not addictive. The benzodiazepines, xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, klonopin, valium and others, have potential for addiction. Used in combination with ssris and only as needed, are safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Apart from Meds...: Suggest finding clinical psychologist who is anxiety specialist - someone who (a) uses behavioral & cognitive-behavioral techniques, esp. To help u build skills to gain control of anxiety/panic; (b) uses experiential & mindfulness techniques to help u identify & experience ur emotions as u're feeling them; & (c) uses techniques that trace roots of ur feelings & explore patterns in ur relationships. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rapid heart beat bp up.. xanax (alprazolam) isnt helping like it use to..is there something stronger than xanax (alprazolam)? my anexity is causing eating & sleep problems?
Yes: You need to verify that anxiety is the cause of your rapid heart rate, with a medical check. There are a number of different, and probably more effective, medicines for anxiety, compared to Xanax (alprazolam). You need to be seen for an assessment to find the one that is best for you. ...Read more
Can you mix two anti depressants? Which anti depressant works best with Paxil (paroxetine) 25 mg?
Some doctors do: Some doctors do mix two - some even more. I shouldn't second guess them, but i'd be curious to understand specifically what they are looking for by doing that. In any case, it would not be up to you to decide to do it or what to pick. You could disagree and either convince them or change doctors. Making those decisions is what the doctors are responsible for. You help with honesty and cooperation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do Drs RX Tramadol w/out say its snri besides painkiller? To someone w/ anxiety disorder? Short term low dose use taper but 3day long panic attack
Inform your doctor: Tramadol affects opiate receptors and inhibits reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine. It is classified as a pain medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are used to treat anxiety as well as depression. However, susceptible individuals can have problems with discontinuation of SNRIs. The same goes for opiates. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Probably not: A panic disorder is now thought to be due to an overproduction of certain brain chemicals. There are very specific drugs that are available for this disorder. You are taking one of them (clonazepam). Antivert (meclizine) is an antihistamine and will cause sedation but is unlikely to help a true panic disorder. Consult you physician, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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