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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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I have tried many antidepressants for anxiety disorder. Which have you had the most success with?

I have tried many antidepressants for anxiety disorder.  Which have you had the most success with?

Options: I agree with dr pappas. If u have been through many ssris and snris at good doses as well as tcas, do not forget to consider an maoi. These antidepressants can be very helpful for anxiety and are often overlooked. ...Read more

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I am going to be switching antidepressants for generalized anxiety disorder. Need advice!?

I am going to be switching antidepressants for generalized anxiety disorder. Need advice!?

Need supervision : Don't know the reason for the switch perhaps side effects or lack of effect. Be sure to have this done under the care of your doctor as your symptoms may worsen with sudden discontinuation of medication. Your doctor will decide how fast to make the switch depending on your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which mao inhibitors and tricyclic anti depressants are also good for anxiety disorders?

Which mao inhibitors and tricyclic anti depressants are also good for anxiety disorders?

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 more

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Why are some tricyclic anti-depressants are good for anxiety disorders?

Why are some tricyclic anti-depressants are good for anxiety disorders?

We don't know: Nearly all antidepressants turn out also to be good for treating anxiety too. We still do not understand exactly how they produce their effects on either depression or anxiety. Tricyclic antidepressants were among the first to be used widely; they are less commonly used now because they have more side effects than new antidepressants but can stil be very useful. ...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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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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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

Anxiety disorders include excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. Fear is the emotional response to real or perceived imminent threat, whereas anxiety is anticipation of ...Read more