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Which antidepressant works best for anxiety disorders?

Which antidepressant works best for anxiety disorders?

It depends: In head to head studies, antidepressants generally work equally well. The choice of antidepressant really depends on the side effects that the person may have or be willing to tolerate. In ocd, most doctors use either fluvoxamine or clomipramine because they work the strongest on serotonin receptors. But other antidepressants have been known to help too. ...Read more

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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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Which kind of antidepressant would work best for ocd (ssri, snri, ndri..)?

Which kind of antidepressant would work best for ocd (ssri, snri, ndri..)?

Ssri or tca for ocd: Generally ssri's are the Rx of choice for OCD. The so-called "gold standard" is a tricyclic antidepressant called clomipramine (brand 'Anafranil') which can also be used, though could have more side effects and involve a blood level. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Which type of natural medication works for social anxiety disorder?

Which type of natural medication works for social anxiety disorder?

Nothing: Please forgive my frankness. Social anxiety disorder is highly treatable in almost all cases by talking and wise guidance. You owe it to yourself and others to re-learn social skills that may have been twisted in a confusing early envrionment. You can learn to be brave & to behave effectively, to like and to be liked by others. Choose a guide wisely. You must be brave -- no pill can supply thay. ...Read more

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Which is the preferred antidepressant for panic disorder?

SSRI's: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been used often for panic. Your prescribing provider can help to determine the optimum antidepressant for you. ...Read more

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Which is a better anti depressant drug to treat panic attacks, anxiety and depression. Lexapro (escitalopram) or zoloft?

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 more

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Which medication for panic / anxiety disorder is most effective?

Which medication for panic / anxiety disorder is most effective?

No "best" drug: There is no "best" medication for anxiety. People respond differently to medication. You have to find the one that works for you as they can have side effects. Ssri's (i.e. Zoloft, lexapro, paxil, (paroxetine) celexa) are commonly prescribed to treat anxiety. Exercise is a great natural weigh to manage anxiety as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Is Zoloft (sertraline) the most effective medication for anxiety and depression?

Is Zoloft (sertraline) the most effective medication for anxiety and depression?

One of several: Zoloft (sertraline) is an effective drug for treating anxiety and depression. Other drugs in its class (ssris) are also effective for these conditions. The most effective drug is the one you tolerate which works. ...Read more

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Which antidepressant works best with Ritalin and is approved for social anxiety? Prozac, Citalopram, Lexapro (escitalopram) does not working/help my depression.

Wellbutrin (bupropion) : Wellbutrin (bupropion) would be a good choice here. It works great for depression and also has positive effects on focus for adhd. Be sure and mention anxiety to your doc at next visit, it may be exacerbating your anxiety as well. ...Read more

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How effective is Lexapro (escitalopram) for OCD and anxiety compared to other ssri's?

How effective is Lexapro (escitalopram) for OCD and anxiety compared to other ssri's?

Depends on you: All of the SSRIs are effective in treating OCD, anxiety, and of course, depression. Different people have different results so no one SSRI is better or worse. Whatever works best for you is the best. Remember, though that higher doses are often needed to help with OCD. Also, you need to give these mess time enough to see if,they are helping. Work with your doc to get the best results. ...Read more

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Which anti-depressant will work best for depression?

Which anti-depressant will work best for depression?

What works best for : One person may not help the next person at all. Most antidepressants are relatively equally efficacious. We usually tailor the medication to the patient based on the side effect profile. ...Read more

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How can a medication like cymbalta (duloxetine) which raises norepinephrine help with anxiety as Cymbalta (duloxetine) is approved for general anxiety at 60 mg.?

How can a medication like cymbalta (duloxetine) which raises norepinephrine help with anxiety as Cymbalta (duloxetine) is approved for general anxiety at 60 mg.?

Norepinephrine: Norepinephrine is one of the neurotransmitters involved in attention, pain perception, heart rate, activation of the "fight or flight" system, and many others. Cymbalta (duloxetine) is a weak NE reuptake inhibitor ... So, in theory, it keeps more NE from being recycled out of the brain. By keeping more NE, the effects of anxiety on the body are decreased (theoretically). Hope that helps & good luck! ...Read more

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Is Effexor (venlafaxine) and Trileptal a good combination to treat bipolar disorder?

Is Effexor (venlafaxine) and Trileptal a good combination to treat bipolar disorder?

It can be.: Trileptal can function well as a mood stabilizer for many individuals with bipolar disorder. If the mood stabilizer alone does not control the condition and residual depression remains some doctors will add in an antidepressant such as effexor (venlafaxine). The real answer is in the experience. If your moods are stable and your side effects minimal, then the answer is yes! ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for anxiety disorder besides zoloft (sertraline)?

What is the best treatment for anxiety disorder besides zoloft (sertraline)?

Combination: Psychotherapy and medication are most effective in combination. Regarding antidepressants such as zoloft, (sertraline) there is no consistence that one is superior to another. Treatment must be individualized to ensure adequate relief. ...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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What medication works best for borderline personality disorder? Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help a lot?

What medication works best for borderline personality disorder? Does Prozac (fluoxetine) help a lot?

Psychotherapy/Drugs: The best treatment for borderline personality disoerder without any coexiasting conditions is psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation training.Drugs may be be used for co existing conditions and symptoms associated with bpd.Paxil (paroxetine) may be used for co existing depression.Haloperidol may reduce anger, Aripiprazole may reduce interpersonal problems, impulcivity;psychotic paranoid symptoms etc. ...Read more

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Is it good to combine Prozac with wellbutrin (bupropion) for treatment of depression?

Is it good to combine Prozac with wellbutrin (bupropion) for treatment of depression?

May be: Wellbutin blocks the uptake of norepinephrine & Dopamine while Prozac (fluoxetine) is a ssris so they effect different neurotransmitters & may work 4 u. ...Read more

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Which med is the best for anxiety, Buspar (buspirone) or a ssri med.Thanks?

Which med is the best for anxiety, Buspar (buspirone) or a ssri med.Thanks?

They both can: Work well either alone or in combination. For more severe anxiety - i would select ssri over buspar (buspirone). But i think Buspar (buspirone) is a gem of a medication. ...Read more

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What're the best medications for anxiety and panic disorder?

What're the best medications for anxiety and panic disorder?

Medications that: Raise serotonin in the brain can significantly decrease baseline anxiety, which can prevent panic from happening. Sometimes adding a long acting benzodiazepine like Clonazepam can further decrease baseline anxiety. ...Read more

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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