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Is Effexor Effective For Anxiety Disorders
Yes: Yes, sertraline can help with anxiety. Your psychiatrist can evaluate and work with you to arrive at the best regimen, though. It is usually best to also work in psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy can provide many tools to deal with anxiety on your own. Other psychotherapies may help as well -- such as emdr when traumatic flashbacks & nightmares are a problem. ...Read more
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
Different strokes...: The polls of patients say slightly more prefer Zoloft (sertraline) for panic, but it's a very unique fit. Neither was initially for that - they're antidepressants. That said it's often effective for panic and much, more combined w/ CBT therapy. Discuss w/ Dr. Don't do it yourself! ...Read more
Not by itself: Risperdal is an antipsychotic medication, usually used for people with hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, thought disorder, etc. When someone's depression has psychotic features like these, medications like Risperdal can be added to an antidepressant. In some cases, it can also be used to "augment" antidepressant treatment in non-psychotic depression with anxiety -- but usually not by itself. ...Read more
Is effexor (venlafaxine) effective for adhd and gad or there are better drugs for this combination of disorders?
I wouldn't: Consult a board certified child psychiatrist. No delay. ...Read more
No "best" drug: There is no "best" medication for anxiety. People respond differently to medication. You have to find the one that works for you as they can have side effects. Ssri's (i.e. Zoloft, lexapro, paxil, (paroxetine) celexa) are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety. Exercise is a great natural weigh to manage anxiety as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more
Yes it can be: Faverin = fluvoxamine, an antidepressant which also has significant anti-anxiety attributes. Like most ssri's, it may cause GI side effects such as nausea and diarrhea. These may dissipate in the first weeks of use. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20238342 and http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/18568110. ...Read more
Depends on you: All of the SSRIs are effective in treating OCD, anxiety, and of course, depression. Different people have different results so no one SSRI is better or worse. Whatever works best for you is the best. Remember, though that higher doses are often needed to help with OCD. Also, you need to give these mess time enough to see if,they are helping. Work with your doc to get the best results. ...Read more
It depends: In head to head studies, antidepressants generally work equally well. The choice of antidepressant really depends on the side effects that the person may have or be willing to tolerate. In ocd, most doctors use either fluvoxamine or clomipramine because they work the strongest on serotonin receptors. But other antidepressants have been known to help too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes it can be: In hypnosis, you're focusing very intensely on the hypnotist's voice & suggestions, screening out other things. It can be like getting involved in an exciting movie. Through practice, can learn how to focus on things other than anxious body symptoms -- which if you do that, they enlarge. Or there can be reframing of physical symptoms. Self-hypnosis can be very useful also. Session recordings help. ...Read more
Lexapro (escitalopram): At therapeutic dose, yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not for anxiety: Gabapentin, a relatively new anticonvulsant differs from most other anticonvulsants because it has minimal drug interaction potential and is not metabolized in humans. It is widely used for both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain conditions, but not for the anxiety. Rec.: a psychiatrist consultation for further investigation and medication adjustment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only if depressed: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is an antidepressant, and is also used to help people stop smoking (reduces craving). It has no direct effect on anxiety. However, anxiety is a common symptom of depression. If a person takes Wellbutrin for depression, their anxiety may decrease along with other depressive symptoms. ...Read more
Useful: Studies show SSRI's such as Celexa (citalopram) and Zoloft (sertraline) are effective with 70% of OCD patients. Venlafaxine (a SNRI) has been found to help in some cases of nonresponse to SSRIs. When possible, a combination of medication and effective psychological treatment is desirable. However, pharmacological treatment is often more accessible and is a cost efficient approach. ...Read more
Luvox (fluvoxamine) and anxiety: Luvox is an ssri antidepressant and is in the same classification as prozax, zoloft, Celexa and lexapro (escitalopram). It's niche, so to speak, is to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, which is an anxiety disorder. As with most ssri's, its seretonin effects seems to diminish symptoms of anxiety. Simply put, yes Luvox helps reduce anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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