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Is There A Good Drug For Anxiety Only
How long does it take for me to reep the benefits of fluoximine? And is it a good drug for anxiety?
Depends and yes: Fluoxamine, or luvox, (fluvoxamine) is the most effective ssri for anxiety because it binds the strongest to the serotonin reuptake receptors. That said, it also tends to carry more side effects than other ssri's, which is why it is usually only used for severe anxiety disorders. Like other ssri's, it can take up to 4 weeks to work, depending on the dose and the nature of your anxiety. ...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
Both work well: There is no better than when it comes to these drugs. They are both effective and work well. ...Read more
Is meridia a good drug for anxiety and weight loss I am 26 and 458 pounds and suffer from panic attacks an this is what's asking about being prescribed but is it safe
No,: No, it is not. Meridia (also known as sibutramine) is an appetite suppressant, a drug that was intended to help reduce weight in conjunction with calorie restricted diet and exercise. It was withdrawn from the market in the us and in many other countries because of the serious adverse effects on the cardiovascular system. The following quotation is from an article on sibutramine posted on the us national library of medicine website (link below): "sibutramine is no longer available in the U.S. The manufacturer has decided to stop producing sibutramine based on information from a recent clinical study. In this study, people taking sibutramine had an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. If you are currently taking sibutramine, you should stop taking this medication and call your doctor to discuss switching to another treatment for weight loss or maintenance of weight loss.". ...Read more
Individually tailor: There is no one size fits all psychotropic medication approach for ptsd. Each patient is individual in terms of how effective particular medications are, their side effect profile and the types of symptoms that they present with. For severe, complex ptsd it may be a slow process to completely optimize medications - but it is worth it to the patient. ...Read more
Is life seasons brand Anxie-T supplement safe and would it be a good natural alternative to a daily anxiety drug?
No, BUT: If your anxiety is at clinical levels this supplement is not FDA approved. Supplements like this are not well regulated and it is hard to be sure what they say is in them really is. If you try them, and they work for you as you want, great, but you would be better off seeing a therapist and working out your issues. Anxiety can be treated. ...Read more
I'm on inderal (propranolol) 40mg twice a day for anxiety and hyperventilation is this a good drug for such use at this dose?
Excellent!: This is the best beta blocker because it crosses the blood brain barrier better than any other. The dose is, if anything, on the high side. Many folks feel well on just 10 or 20 mg before a stressful event (but that would be 40-80 mg daily if taken twice a day, so it's not unreasonable.) Another option is Buspirone. ...Read more
Is there an anti-psychotic drug that is good for paranoia and anxiety, and has minimal side-effects?
Anti psychotic medic: There are several. My personal favorite is fanapt (iloperidone). Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
I have bipolar disorder. I am taking hydroxizine 50mg as needed. It is good, but I need a more effective drug for anxiety?
Anxiety and Bipolar: I am wondering what mood stabilizer you're taking for your bipolar disorder, because none is listed in your medications. I see you're taking wellbutrin, (bupropion) which in itself causes anxiety in some people and could expose you to the risk of hypomania or mania. Please talk with your psychiatrist about this -- you may be leaving out some of your medications, or they may need to be re-evaluated. ...Read more
Is there a drug that works as good as Paxil (paroxetine) for anxiety and panic? Have had luck with it in past but gained huge amount of weight. Zoloft was a no go
CBT: Most SSRIs and medications used for more than very short term anxiety control involve risk of weight gain and many are not successful for the symptom anyway. Whatever you use and it may be possible to side step meds, find a CBT therapist you can work well with. Learn skills to deal w/ those issues. Best! ...Read more
See ans: If Armidex is causing insomnia, you might first try changing the time you take it. If you take it in the morning, try bedtime dose. Trazodone combined with Accuretic, (hydrochlorothiazide and quinapril) which you take, may have additive effects lowering your blood pressure. Melatonin at night may help with no drug interactions. Discuss with your doctor. Also limit caffeine which will keep you awake. I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more
Yes: Seroxat is paroxetine, brand name paxil. It is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (ssri), like Prozac (fluoxetine) and others. It takes about 3 weeks of daily use to start working. Being a recovering alcoholic, it is dangerous to use the benzodiazapines (like lorazapam and alprazolam). Because they are cross tolerant with alcohol and can cause relapse or cross-addiction. ...Read more
Help please! What drugs are good for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders that won't cause weight gain?
That's a tough one.: Bezodiazepines don't cause weight gain, work well but can be addicting so use cautiously. Hydroxyzine (vistaril) and Buspirone (buspar) are minimally effective & don't cause weight gain they deal mostly with anxiety & may help OCD some. The best meds long term are serotonergic or dual acting antidepressants (serotonergic/noradrenergic) for both anxiety and OCD but most can cause some weight gain. ...Read more
Was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) 10, so afraid to take antidepressants. Severe depression/anxiety. Please advise on this drug the good and bad. Iknoweveryonediff?
The good: It works for both depression and generalized anxiety, has few drug-drug interactions and a mild side effect profile compared with some others. It works as well as any of the other antidepressants. The down side, is a mild chance of tiredness or insomnia (managed by correctly timing the dose), some risk like most of delayed orgasm, mild hand tremor, upset stomach. Overall very well tolerated. ...Read more
Sometimes it really depends on the level of anxiety you're experiencing. Not all anxiety needs to be treated. Some anxiety could be a normal response to a life situation or other.
Some mild to moderate forms of anxiety might respond well to yoga or breathing exercises. More severe forms may respond to therapy whether it is psychodynamic or cbt. And then of course there are medications that we use. ...Read more
Your physician or: Psychiatrist should take a comprehensive history to determine which type of anxiety disorder you have. Then a tailored plan can be made for you. A good response can be determined by how effectively your anxiety symptoms are quelled and by side effects you may be experiencing. ...Read more
Several prescription: Medicines are available, such as xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, and even some sleeping pills, but the real question is why your symptoms do occur at night. Are these actually panic attacks. Suggest an evaluation with a local psychiatrist and get to the bottom of this. ...Read more
Manage anxiety: By learning relaxation skills & learning to modify the thoughts, perceptions & beliefs that trigger your anxiety. Learning to calm your body & your mind is the key. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation skills (www. Bcia. Org & www. Aapb. Org). Entrenched anxiety may require meds. ...Read more
Counseling (esp. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) & a self-treatment called EFT can help (http://www. Eftuniverse. Com/).
Many herbs help, including tulsi (holy basil), ashwagandha, valerian & passionflower. Magnesium & B vitamins often help, as can L-tryptophan & L-theanine. Homeopathy & Bach flowers can help. Avoid sugar, caffeine & unhealthy foods. Exercise can be very helpful, as is meditation. ...Read more
No best med: There is no best medication for anxiety. It is finding what works best for you and is well tolerated. Medication is not necessarily the cure all for anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy, exercise and dietary changes (avoiding sugar and caffeine) are other options that can be very helpful. ...Read more
Hope and Help for: Hope and help for your nerves by dr. Claire weekes is by far the best book. This doctor obviously suffered too and understands. ...Read more
Tips: Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. If severe, see doctor. ...Read more
CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) can be an effective non-drug treatment for anxiety. It involves learning what triggers anxiety and how to manage anxiety symptoms. Effective tools are taught/used. Medication can help, as well, if the anxiety symptoms are so severe that they initially get in the way of participating in cbt. ...Read more
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