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What other medications are there to treat anxiety disorders besides ssris?

What other medications are there to treat anxiety disorders besides ssris?

Anxiety: There is also so called class of snris, including venlafaxine, desvenlavaxine and duloxetine. For severe anxiety, benzodiazepines like Alprazolam and others may help. There is also a medication called Buspirone which may also be used for treatment of anxiety disorders. ...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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What SSRIs or SNRIs (or drug in a similar class) work best for social anxiety disorder, if any?

What SSRIs or SNRIs (or drug in a similar class) work best for social anxiety disorder, if any?

Social anxiety: Everyone seems to have an opinion on this. All are based on a series of accounts. To be FDA approved for treatment of social anxiety disorder there is a fairly rigorous process a drug manufacturer has to go through. As it turns out several agents that did not apply for FDA indication work well in some individuals. I suggest you team up with somebody who will closely advise you personally over time ...Read more

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I'm suffering from generalized anxiety disorder and have the occasional anxiety attack usually from work stress. Any ssris you'd recommend?

I'm suffering from generalized anxiety disorder and have the occasional anxiety attack usually from work stress. Any ssris you'd recommend?

Yes, but...: Recommending a specific agent among the ssris or another group for you without an evaluation would be akin to recommending specific engine repairs without doing any diagnostics or even knowing what kind of engine it is. Medicine is nothing more than a tool that must be applied and used in a specific way tailored to fit your specific needs. Haphazardly applying a random tool may just worsen things. ...Read more

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Is gabapentin a good choice for anxiety disorder when ssri's are not effective?

Is gabapentin a good choice for anxiety disorder when ssri's are not effective?

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 more

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I have anxiety disorder and some agoraphobia. What's the best ssri with the least side effects?

SSRIs: Different ssris work differently in different people. Trial & error would be best, as recommended by your doctor. ...Read more

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How long should I expect to take an ssri (specifically, lexapro) for generalized anxiety disorder? I am engaged in counseling and other strategies.

How long should I expect to take an ssri (specifically, lexapro) for generalized anxiety disorder?  I am engaged in counseling and other strategies.

Variable: Some people with generalized anxiety d/o continue supportive medications like Lexapro (escitalopram) indefinitely; others for more limited time depending on their work in psychotherapy and life practices. Lexapro (escitalopram) has good anti-anxiety effects, and is relatively safe in that it does not build tolerance like benzodiazepines & specific sleep medications do. Please discuss your personal situation w/your own doctor. ...Read more

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What are some doctors go to SSRI for treating anxiety disorders? What do you usually try first? I have Remeron (mirtazapine) but not effective really. Thank you.

What are some doctors go to SSRI for treating anxiety disorders? What do you usually try first? I have Remeron (mirtazapine) but not effective really. Thank you.

Safety: It's quite simple, actually, SSRI/SNRI's have been shown to be quite effective and are much safer than the alternative options. Personally, and this is my own personal preference, I tend to start with either a treatment that targets multiple neurotransmitters (such as Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) or Cymbalta) or a pure SSRI (like Lexapro). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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In ones professional experience which of the anti-depressant SSRIs/SNRIs overall tend to work better for anxiety disorders with fewest side-effects.

In ones professional experience which of the anti-depressant SSRIs/SNRIs overall tend to work better for anxiety disorders with fewest side-effects.

In general: Lexapro, (escitalopram)Viibryd, Brintellix, but there's no pat answer because one person may do great on a med that someone else can't tolerate or finds useless--best indicator is if someone in your biological/genetic family is doing great on a drug chances are you will also ...Read more

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History of hypertension, pre-diabetes, anxiety disorder on SSRI, heart attack. Is Nyquil safe?

History of hypertension, pre-diabetes, anxiety disorder on SSRI, heart attack. Is Nyquil safe?

Many issues: Forget about pre-diabetes, at least for now. If you haven't seen a psychologist you should ask for a referral. If you already have a psychologist ask your friends if they might know someone else. You should be seeing your cardiologist regularly. ...Read more

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Can anxiety be treated with medication What medications are used to treat anxiety disorders and depression ?

Yes: See you are on Zoloft and atarax. Zoloft can be used for both depression and anxiety. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Other SSRI's include Lexapro, celesta, Prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) luvox. Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors like Cymbalta can also be used. The atarax can help to quell anxiety. This is not a total list. I have not touched on benzodiazapines (anxiety). ...Read more

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Which drugs are used to treat social anxiety disorder?

Which drugs are used to treat social anxiety disorder?

See the list below: Primary medications used for the treatment of social anxiety disorder include paxil, (paroxetine) venlafaxine, clonopin, MAO inhibitors, Prozac has been used as well, and zoloft is also used frequently. I have found Lexapro be useful as well although it is not fda approved for this purpose. ...Read more

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What are the famous medications that treat anxiety disorders?

What are the famous medications that treat anxiety disorders?

Many: Anxiety disorders are treated by many meds: see http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.Shtml paxil and Lexapro (escitalopram) tend to be very commonly used. ...Read more

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Are there other medications beside ssri and hormones to treat pmdd? If yes what are they?

Are there other medications beside ssri and  hormones to treat pmdd? If yes what are they?

Yes, there are: The integrative management of pmdd and pms includes multiple modalities. Nutritionally: avoid caffeine, & eat high fiber with low animal fat diet (need omega 3's though); eat whole soy foods; vit b6, magnesium citrate or glycinate, vit d; calcium. Lifestyle: exercise & stop smoking. Botanicals: chasteberry, black cohosh, st. John's wort, evening primrose oil. Others: tcm & homeopathy. ...Read more

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Can risperdal be used to treat anxiety disorders due to its sedating effects?

Can risperdal be used to treat anxiety disorders due to its sedating effects?

Risperdal: Use for anxiety/agitation is off-label & should be done with reservations, due to long-term side-effects. ...Read more

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I am a hypochondriac and also have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Some days are good and sime are bad. I'm on medication for anxiety. Is it normal?

I am a hypochondriac and also have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Some days are good and sime are bad. I'm on medication for anxiety. Is it normal?

Anxiety Disorder: There will be good days and bad days.If you want more good days you may need to have your medication adjustedIn addition,therapy can be very helpful to deal with your anxiety ...Read more

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Why did a very bad experience with a recreational drug cause my anxiety disorder? I'm not a drug abuser, i tried it once. ( bad decision )

Why did a very bad experience with a recreational drug cause my anxiety disorder? I'm not a drug abuser, i tried it once. ( bad decision )

Not likely: It is not likely that using a drug once could cause your anxiety to last for an extended period of time. Lots of things can give people anxiety, especially if you are a high achiever. I think you can make an appointment with a psychologist to evaluate the problem and make suggestions would be good. Not all anxiety is bad, it just has to be managed and channeled. ...Read more

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I'm currently suffering with anxiety disorder and borderline personality disorder. Is there any medication I can take for this&how do I access it?

I'm currently suffering with anxiety disorder and borderline personality disorder. Is there any medication I can take for this&how do I access it?

Need a professional : Dear Andrea Yes, there are treatments to help with anxiety disorder which can dramatically improve quality of life. Depending where you are, your GP/ Family doctor should be your first port of call. Hope that helps. ...Read more

Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
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Ssri (Definition)

A class of drugs, such as fluoxetine or sertraline, that inhibit the uptake of serotonin and are primarily used in the treatment of depression ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere ...Read more