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Hi, my cousin has been diagnosed with anxiety, but she refuses to use anti-depressants. Is there a natural, non addictive medication she can use?

Hi, my cousin has been diagnosed with anxiety, but she refuses to use anti-depressants. Is there a natural, non addictive medication she can use?

Anxiety Treatment: You are a caring cousin.
Have Heart to Heart talk with her to share about her nervousness, tension, effect on sleep, appetite, energy; restlessness, irritability, her functioning in relationships and at work.
Express your concerns and discuss Breathing and Music relaxation, Meditation, Yoga, and Tai Chi classes; join her in these.
If her anxiety continues, she may be open to take medication. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Are there any anxiety drugs that are not addictive?

Are there any anxiety drugs that are not addictive?

Agree w Dr. Delaney: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and Buspar (buspirone) are often used to treat anxiety. ...Read more

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What is the best non-addictive anti-anxiety drug?

What is the best non-addictive anti-anxiety drug?

SSRIs: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants like zoloft Prozac Celexa Paxil (paroxetine) and Lexapro are amongst the best. So far no drug has been voted the "best"anti-anxiety agent. ...Read more

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What is the least addictive PRN medication for anxiety & panic attacks?

What is the least addictive PRN medication for anxiety & panic attacks?

No benzos and: As well no medical evidence that chasing anxiety with any psychotropic is ever effective and in fact is counter-productive eg the anxiety will worsen. Scheduled dosing is the preferred way eg once a day, twice per day, etc depending on the med. Ssri's are best med but you may want to start w/regular exercise, meditation, increased antioxidants for instance. See ur pcp for a referral to psychiatrist if necessary. ...Read more

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What is one medication I can taken that is not addictive to treat anxiety&depression? Or 2 that can take together also not addictive?

What is one medication I can taken that is not addictive to treat anxiety&depression? Or 2 that can take together also not addictive?

SSRI: Medications such as Zoloft (sertraline) belong to a group called SSRI which are used in depression/anxiety cases and they are not addictive but their use must be supervised by a MD and they need to be tapered off gradually when symptoms improve. .. I suggest you see your PCP for getting into any treatment options. . ...Read more

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Best non addictive drug with least side effects rate for anxiety and depression?

Best non addictive drug with least side effects rate for anxiety and depression?

Psychotropic meds: There is no one "best " medication for this purpose. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class is good for this. I personally like Lexapro (escitalopram) because of it's relatively mild side effect profile but others are equally effective. See that you are taking diazepam. This can be addicting and does not really treat the underlying problem. Have you considered psychotherapy? Highly encourage that. ...Read more

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What are the best non addictive medications for chronic anxiety- I take Xanax (alprazolam) and my breathlessness doesn't go completely away but gets much better?

What are the best non addictive medications for chronic anxiety- I take Xanax (alprazolam) and my breathlessness doesn't go completely away but gets much better?

See Psychiatrist: You probably need an ssri[selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor] medication
as well as adjustment of the xanax (alprazolam) first. Once the symptoms are controlled then perhaps the xanax (alprazolam) can be tapered off. Also enter into a course of psychotherapy since in the long run this may help you do without the medication totally. ...Read more

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My doctor has recommended I start taking citalopram for my anxiety. Is it addictive? I have had two episodes of sever anxiety over the past year. I am hoping this new medication will help.

Citalopram: Citalopram is not considered addictive. It belongs to ssri class antidepressants and abrupt discontinuation of citalopram (as well as other similar drugs) may cause a discontinuation syndrome. Symptoms are: dizziness (exacerbated by movement), lethargy, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever, chills, sweating, malaise, incoordination, insomnia, vivid dreams, muscle aches, "electric shock"-like sensations, visual discoordination, anxiety, irritability, confusion, slowed thinking, disorientation and rarely, aggression, impulsivity or manic-like behavior. This syndrome is most likely to occur 1-7 days after the drug was stopped or its dose drastically reduced, and typically disappears within 3 weeks or less. Therefore, if it becomes necessary to discontinue citalopram after prolonged use it should be withdrawn gradually. A recommended rate of the dose decrease is approximately 25% of the original dose per week. If these symptoms appear, a good strategy is to restart the drug and taper it more slowly. ...Read more

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I have diagnosed anxiety disorder and am prescribed medication for it, and sadly developed a rough addiction. I’m stuck in cross roads because the Xanax (what I’m RX’d) takes away anxiety, but I’m taking either side of 50mg a day (street + RX). Help?

I have diagnosed anxiety disorder and am prescribed medication for it, and sadly developed a rough addiction. I’m stuck in cross roads because the Xanax (what I’m RX’d) takes away anxiety, but I’m taking either side of 50mg a day (street + RX). Help?

Detox needed: Your addiction to Xanax is serious enough at ~ 50 mg/day to warrant in-patient treatment. You are putting your health at great risk by doing street drugs. Be honest with prescribing doc and reach out for help, go to urgent care or ER. You need careful medical supervision to detox and a re-evaluation of any underlying anxiety disorder. For more info, see: http://tinyurl. Com/hoj7rto ...Read more

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How can I convince doctor to prescribe Xanax (alprazolam)? I have mild-severe social anxiety. Tried SSRI's didn't work. I do not have an drug addictive personality.

How can I convince doctor to prescribe Xanax (alprazolam)? I have mild-severe social anxiety. Tried SSRI's didn't work. I do not have an drug addictive personality.

Some doctors won't: Prescribe Xanax (alprazolam) (benzodiazepine - can be habit-forming). If SSRIs not helpful, venlafaxine is worth trying. Propranolol is an option. Therapy is best and can help change negative thoughts, improve self-confidence, and gradually work up to facing anxiety-inducing situations. Skills training and role-playing practice for social skills improve comfort and confidence relating to others. Best regards. ...Read more

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Who should I see for my anxiety from extreme drug cravings? Addiction counselor? Therapist? Drug detox? Cbt? I can't get rid my substance abuse mindset.

See below: See an addiction psychiatrist or a physician certified by the american board of addiction medicine. Both societies have websites. While you may benefit from inpatient treatment, there is no rule that every detox from a particular drug requires such. ...Read more

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I have a question regarding Ashwagandha. I'm a 23 y/o male with generalize anxiety. Is this something I should consider taking? And is it addictive or something one can develop a tolerance too? I'm looking for a professionals input. Thank you very much.

I have a question regarding Ashwagandha. I'm a 23 y/o male with generalize anxiety. Is this something I should consider taking? And is it addictive or something one can develop a tolerance too? I'm looking for a professionals input. Thank you very much.

Therapy/meds: In addition to meds, get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist to discuss what anxiety means to YOU. Anxiety means different things to different people. Meds and therapy are the most optimal combination. ...Read more

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Other than possible addiction are there any downfalls to benzodiapens for stress and anxiety?

Other than possible addiction are there any downfalls to benzodiapens for stress and anxiety?

Addiction=main issue: Addiction and related issues (tolerance, withdrawal) are the main concern. Other concerns include possible sedation, dangerous interaction with alcohol (increasing intoxication), impaired driving, some memory impairment, and the risk of seizure if high sustained doses are stopped abruptly. Generally, though, benzos are fairly safe if used rarely, briefly, and sensibly. ...Read more

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My doctor has recommended I start taking citalopram for my anxiety. Is it addictive?

My doctor has recommended I start taking citalopram for my anxiety. Is it addictive?

No.: Simple answer. Start down the path to getting better. Even if it is not ultimately effective for you, begin the process, and do not let your anxiety prevent you from treating your anxiety. ...Read more

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I have severe social anxiety and do not want to take xanax or anything heavily addictive next best choice?

CBT: The treatment with the best evidence of benefit for social anxiety is cognitave behavioral therapy (CBT) or rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT). There are many psychologists that can use these techniques successfully. The fundamantal concept is simple. Changing the way we think changes the way we feel, which is expressed in our behavior. ...Read more

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10 yr oldNephew has major anxiety (like me) but dr has him on klonopin (clonazepam).5 x 2day. I'm concerned as he said NOT addictive but I've been on it for years had a hard time coming off still?

10 yr oldNephew has major anxiety (like me) but dr has him on klonopin (clonazepam).5 x 2day. I'm concerned as he said NOT addictive but I've been on it for years had a hard time coming off still?

SKILLS TOO?: The terrific HealthTap child psychiatrists can answer your medication question. As a psychologist, I think about the importance of teaching kids about anxiety and helping them learn skills to tame & manage anxiety symptoms. This kind of help is life-changing. Listen to psychologist, Dr Arlene Young, talk about anxiety disorders in children and how to help them: http://ow. Ly/EXwby ...Read more

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Can I take benzodiazepines for anxiety if I have had addiction issues in the past?

Can I take benzodiazepines for anxiety if I have had addiction issues in the past?

Benzodiazepines: Benzodiazepine is not the first line of treatment for just an anxiety. A thorough psychaitric evaluation is necessary to inform diagnosis and choice of treament. Past history of addiction to alcohol and other drugs except benzos, is not an exclusive criteria for the use of benzos for treating panic disorders. ...Read more

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My doctors prescribed me diazepam for anxiety, but im wary as I heard about addiction and side effects, ?

My doctors prescribed me diazepam for anxiety, but im wary as I heard about addiction and side effects, ?

Addiction is common: "anxiety medications" are becoming overprescribed for anxiety. They can be addictive in the traditional sense but also they can become an emotional crutch as well. Many people eventually feel they 'need' medication to overcome normal feelings of anxiety. ...Read more

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Is hydrocodone ibuprofone a narcotic in the vicoden category and is it addictive and is dangerous when used for anxiety purposes?

They are: The same narcotic, is addicting, and also the other ingredient can harm you if used chronically or excessively, it is an analgesic not intended for anxiety ...Read more

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How do I permanently stop panic attacks without meds? Which anti-panic/anxiety meds. Are non-addictive/habit forming?

How do I permanently stop panic attacks without meds? Which anti-panic/anxiety meds. Are non-addictive/habit forming?

Cognitive beh Therap: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is one solution & there are many others in the realm of complementary medicine such as meditation, yoga, Tai Chi which blend mental & physical controls into a unified combine that some people find useful. Some try hypnosis. The benzos are likely the gold standard to treat panic disorder but are habit forming. Others used but less effective for the most part. ...Read more

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Norcodics work great. For my anxiety, why don't they prescribe them instead of benzos, both addictive, and Xanax (alprazolam) ko out?

Norcodics work great. For my anxiety, why don't they prescribe them instead of benzos, both addictive, and Xanax (alprazolam) ko out?

Anxiety is: Treatable with cognitive-behavioral therapy and it's not addictive. It can also teach you the coping skills needed to lead a successful life without having to take medication every day for the rest of your life.

Group therapy is also very effective and may cost less than individual sessions. ...Read more

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Bf's online current events/political social media addiction causes intolerable financial&emotional anxiety. NOTHING I try helps@all. Should we separate?

No one can tell you: Clearly you are not content and feel unable to find a solution for changing him. I think it would be a mistake to trust any 'yes/no' answer to your '? '. It might be the way this will go, but there may be other options too. Try to find a therapist to help you think t through and perhaps provide or refer for couples Tx. Be patient as you seek a solution - it will help. ...Read more

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If I'm prescribed Ativan (lorazepam) 0.5 bid prn for post partum anxiety how long can I take it before it's addictive? It's helpful but I'm concerned.

Post partum anxiety: Medications such as Ativan (lorazepam) are addictive in the sense that they are quickly adapted to, and to achieve the same effect, higher doses are required. The general post-partum anxiety is caused in part by sudden drops in estrogen, but unless you are nursing, your regular cycle should resume within 6-8 weeks after delivery. You should consult your healthcare provider to evaluate the need to continue. ...Read more

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Can taking. 5mg of ativan (lorazepam) @ bedtime for 1.5 weeks cause anxiety/withdrawl symptoms when stopped. Prior addiction issues. Uncontrolled anxiety issues.

Can taking. 5mg of ativan (lorazepam) @ bedtime for 1.5 weeks cause anxiety/withdrawl symptoms when stopped. Prior addiction issues. Uncontrolled anxiety issues.

Yes, but this is: Not the usual case. Benzo addiction usually takes two weeks or longer of continuous use, and even then, many patients do not suffer withdrawal symptoms, especially rebounding. Sensitive people can develop tolerance and/or dependence sooner, but I'm not sure if a history of addiction is predictive. Visit your prescribing MD for a less abrupt withdrawal protocol. ...Read more

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My doctor said I was "binding my anxiety" with my shopping addiction. What did she mean by this? What does binding anxiety mean?

My doctor said I was "binding my anxiety" with my shopping addiction. What did she mean by this? What does binding anxiety mean?

Binding anxiety: People have various ways to keep their anxiety at bay -- keeping it bound down, so to speak. We can do this through addictive behaviors or substances, for instance. Ask your doctor for a thorough explanation of her comments to you. She may be seeing something beneath your addictive shopping that's driving not only this, but other problems in your life as well. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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