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List Anti Anxiety Drugs
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
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
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
Certain ones: In my practice and with my patients with various anxiety disorders, i often find the tricyclic antidepressant nortriptyline to be quite beneficial. Some doctors who did not receive their training until the 90s, may not feel comfortable prescribing some of the older medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quite common: Many drugs have the side effect of causing or worsening depression. Even antidepressants can worsen depression or cause fatigue etc. Sadly, this is seen as a tolerable side effect by many drug companies. I usually recommend trying the "baby" dose of any medication that a physician prescribes with the exception of antibiotics. Especially for those who are medication sensitive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the side effects of anti depressant/anti anxiety pills or other medicine used for mental illnesses?
Side-effect: This response needs a whole book to write. Every group of medicines has its own side-effects. I can respond better if u would specify which medicine. ...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 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
Have tried many drugs for anxiety & depression.Currently taking cymbalta (duloxetine) & klonopin. Depression persists with previous/current drugs.Suggest new med?
Second opinion?: Sorry to hear that you have been suffering from this for a while. Before any further med changes, it might be time for a second opinion to ensure that your diagnosis is accurate. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any non narcotic anti anxiety medications specifically just for anxiety and not for depression?
Lots to know: Usual GI upset, possible rash, but the ones you need to know about are the rare idisyncratic reaction you can get that may cause liver failure or bone marrow suppression. There are rare occurrances and as long as you stop med. Immediately if symptoms occur, you are safe. Discontinue med if you develop yellow eyes or unexplained fever and call your doc. It may be unrelated but you will be safer. ...Read more
Exercise limitations: Propranolol, a "beta blocker", is usually well tolerated. However, it should not be taken by patients prone to asthma, nor by diabetics. In otherwise healthy people, it will slow the heart rate (to about 60 bpm), making "cardio" type exercise difficult. Also, at higher doses it lowers blood pressure, which can cause dizziness, fainting, etc. ...Read more
Drug combinations: There are too many possible drug interactions to list. Ask your pharmacist or your doctor to check for interactions between any and all of the drugs you are taking, including both prescription and non-prescription drugs. ...Read more
Severe anxiety, tried therapy, most ssris(no effect), most benzos(no effect), most atypical anti psychotics(some effect), plus others. What now?
Rediagnosis: First, there are several medical causes for anxiety symptoms. These must t be ruled out at this time. Endocrine diseases are suspect, as are vitamin deficiency, limbic epilepsy. Or brain diseases. If you are over 55, other medical illnesses could be at play. Depending on which medications you tried, cyp450 hypermetabolizer status could also explain lack of ssri et al effects. ...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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