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Is there any OTC medicine for anxiety?

Is there any OTC medicine for anxiety?

No meds but herbals: There is no over the counter drugs available
but doctors who practice holistic medicine recommend
1kava the herb is supposed to relax you without sedation but you should not take it if you drink, have liver disease or taking meds which affect liver
2valerian is most commonly used for sleep but has sedative effect and also relieves anxiety
3vitamon b;folic acid
these are for information only. Talkmd. ...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


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Not taking any medicines for anxiety I am having those symptoms if I don't take medicines I will the symptoms increase?

Not taking any medicines for anxiety I am having those symptoms if I don't take medicines I will the symptoms increase?

See Below: Are you anxious about every day stuff or particular events? Generally, it's good to know what makes you anxious. Practice relaxation, mediation, guided imagery (you can google it); keep a diary of the events when you happen to be anxious -- what happened (the event), thoughts you had; things you've done to decrease anxiety; how you body responded (where did it feel in your body). ...Read more

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Is there over-the-counter medicine for anxiety?

Is there over-the-counter medicine for anxiety?

There are over the: Counter products for anxiety but it's far better to see a mental health professional and learn some strategies to cope better. Don't rely on medication alone. Www. Anxietycoach. Com is a good place to start. ...Read more

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What is an over-the-counter medicine for anxiety?

What is an over-the-counter medicine for anxiety?

There is no: Over the counter anti anxiety medication. You need to get a prescription from a physician or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for anxiety and depession?

1 that works for you: "best medicine" for anxiety and depression varies with the individual. There are many possible medications, each with different attributes. Psychiatrists try to tailor treatments to the person, including psychotherapeutic options in conjunction w/meds. For the best recommendations tailored to you, have a thorough eval with a psychiatrist along with general health eval with your pcp. ...Read more

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Can anti depressants and medicine for anxiety really work?

Can anti depressants and medicine for anxiety really work?

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 more

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Also what are some effective over-the-counter medicines for anxiety?

Also what are some effective over-the-counter medicines for anxiety?

Not too much: Mostly things to help sleep like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin etc. Also some herbal treatments like valerian root may help as well. Check with your doctor if anxiety is a real problem for you since you might require treatment for this. ...Read more

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What are some over thercounter medicines for anxiety / panic dissorder?

What are some over thercounter medicines for anxiety / panic dissorder?

Over the counter: Is not fully tested. If you are concerned about being anxious or having panic attacks, consider psychotherapy and meet with a psychiatrist to consider prescription drugs instead. ...Read more

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I got on medicine for anxiety gained 70 pounds in a year im 220 my whole life I have been 150 what could cause this im over weight now?

What medicine?: Both anxiety and some medicines for anxiety can cause weight gain. The latter include Risperidone and other atypical antipsychotics. And some other medicines like amitriptyline, valproate, Clonazepam and Ativan (lorazepam) can cause weight gain too. The best treatment for anxiety is psychological therapy such as cognitive behavioral or acceptance and commitment therapy. ...Read more

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Is Lexapro (escitalopram) a good medicine for anxiety. Thanks?

Sometimes: It is an SSRI so should help with social anxiety panic attacks OCD possibly PTSD ...Read more

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What's the best safest medicine for anxiety? I don't have all symptoms of anxiety but I feel like I may benefit from meds with no side effects.

What's the best safest medicine for anxiety? I don't have all symptoms of anxiety but I feel like I may benefit from meds with no side effects.

None are LT safe: Long term use of any is not good. None are certain to have no side effects. Short term can be helpful esp if combined w/ CBT therapy to learn mgmt skills. If your spread of symptoms is not too bad, it might be sufficient alone. Also, you handle life more successfully. Let a good psychotherapist evaluate you and recommend Tx options. Best! ...Read more

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If I have a lot of the symptoms of OCD and I already take medicine for anxiety does that mean I could have OCD and the medicine is just helping?

Professional Opinion: It can take years for someone diagnosed w/ ocd 2get appropriate treatment. So 1st get properly assessed. Then a) educate urself about what ocd is/isn't: & b) what form (s) ocd takes. (try http://bit. Ly/y0lvsh.) cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) that specifically includes exposure & response prevention (erp) has proven very effective as have certain medications. For some, erp/cbt + meds indicated. ...Read more

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I need medicine for anxiety. Not an all the time med just something to curb anxiety when it hits. I HATE withdrawal and don't want daily dose Options?

I need medicine for anxiety. Not an all the time med just something to curb anxiety when it hits. I HATE withdrawal and don't want daily dose Options?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Is Vistaril (hydroxyzine) a good Medicine for Anxiety.

Is Vistaril (hydroxyzine) a good Medicine for Anxiety.

Sometimes: Hydroxyzine is not necessarily the drug of choice but may be applicable in certain situations. It is not likely to cause dependence. ...Read more

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Please suggest the best medicine for anxiety and depression?

Not one: There is no 1 best medicine. Depending on your personal situation a doctor can decide what is better for you. ...Read more

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What should I need to do to get medicine for anxiety and depression.?

What should I need to do to get medicine for anxiety and depression.?

Evaluation: You should first have an evaluation by a doctor to determine your diagnosis and rule out any underlying medical issues which can mimic these illnesses. If you do have depression/anxiety, there are a variety of treatments available - medication or not. If you want medication, ask your doctor so you can discuss all of your options. ...Read more

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Are there any good medicines for anxiety attacks? To cure anxiety or panic attacks

Are there any good medicines for anxiety attacks? To cure anxiety or panic attacks

Yes: Nowadays we use the ssris like prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) sertraline (or zoloft), lexapro, citalopram, Celexa etc. Benzodiazepines like Alprazolam (xanax) too. Also talking to a therapist may help to confront fears. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me which is the best medicine for anxiety, 15mg Lexapro (escitalopram) or 20 mg amityripiline. Thanks?

Could you please tell me which is the best medicine for anxiety, 15mg Lexapro (escitalopram) or 20 mg amityripiline. Thanks?

Either/or: Lexapro (escitalopram) and amitriptyline are both effective for anxiety. They differ chemically and have different side effects. Your doctor may choose one or the other depending on side effects and other concerns re your medical status. However, they should not be combined due to adverse interactions. Amitriptyline has been around longer; but Lexapro (escitalopram) has advantages and is widely prescribed. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What's the best medicine for anxiety and depression that has low or no side effects?

What's the best medicine for anxiety and depression that has low or no side effects?

There is no best: Choice. But SSRI's are effective with both anxiety & depression and tend to be well tolerated. ...Read more

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Looking to transition to alternative medicine for anxiety. What should I tell my doc?

Looking to transition to alternative medicine for anxiety. What should I tell my doc?

Be frank: Be candid. Anxiety responds well to acpuncture, acupressure, meditation, imagery, deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, tai chi, yoga & qi gong. Suggestion - transition. Incorporate alternative medicine while on your current regmien. Depending on results you could slowly cross titrate. ...Read more

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Is there specific medicine for anxiety and stress? Please badly needed. I'm so depressed right now. And I want this feeling anymore

Stress and Anxiety: These can be very disruptive to one's quality of life. The first step is to go see a doctor for an assessment to rule out medical causes of your symptoms such as thyroid dysfunction. The SSRI's are a class of medications used to treat anxiety. Also, having a therapist to talk to can be a big help. We try to limit the use of benzodiazepines to short term use only as they tend be addictive. ...Read more

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Can a patient currently going through chemotherapy take medicine for anxiety and anger if he feels he became sensistive and angry always?

Can a patient currently going through chemotherapy take medicine for anxiety and anger if he feels he became sensistive and angry always?

Get an evaluation: I'm sorry you're going through a difficult time emotionally and physically. The stress can certainly make anxiety and anger worse. Ask the doctor overseeing your chemotherapy for a referral to a psychiatrist to evaluate you for medication to help your mood. Also ask about support groups to attend. Connecting with others going through similar illness can make a huge difference. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have been having a lot of trouble breathing. I take medicine for anxiety. I have had headache for 3days and I don't know if im having anxiety att.?

See ur psychiatrist: It is possible that. Your anxiety is not under control. It is also possible that you have other physical problem with your breathing that is made worse by anxiety, it can run into a vicious circle. ...Read more

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How would my pcp (family medicine) treat anxiety and/or ptsd

How would my pcp (family medicine) treat anxiety and/or ptsd

Benzo, referral: Usually a pcp will treat anxiety by prescribing a benzodiazepine ("benzo") tranquilizer such as valium or ativan (lorazepam). Ssri antidepressants might be a better choice but aren't as often used by pcps for anxiety. Ptsd can't really be treated in this setting. Referral to a mental health professional is optional (but often a good idea) with anxiety, and necessary for ptsd. ...Read more

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I feel anxious every time I go out of house. I start having stomach pain, uneasiness and an urge to go bathroom. Is there any medicine for anxiety?

Agoraphobia: Think of agoraphobia as a very specific type of panic attack/disorder which is in turn an extreme form of anxiety. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/agoraphobia/basics/definition/con-20029996 & http://www. Webmd. Com/anxiety-panic/agoraphobia for more info. Cognitive behavioral therapy or some other psychotherapy is great 1st option. And of course SSRIs followed by benzo. ...Read more