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Can you tell me about anxiety meds?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Different options

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors ; Buspar (buspirone) are excellent.
Benzodizapines are often used short-term while waiting for other meds to kick in. They can provide fast -acute relief. They are also used long-term by some. I always recommend using non-medication approaches when meds are utilized.To address stress: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of >.

In brief: Different options

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors ; Buspar (buspirone) are excellent.
Benzodizapines are often used short-term while waiting for other meds to kick in. They can provide fast -acute relief. They are also used long-term by some. I always recommend using non-medication approaches when meds are utilized.To address stress: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive muscle relaxation.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Best w/ talk therapy

All antidepressants, but particularly the ssris are used since the older anti-anxiety drugs (benzodiazepines, such as valium, Ativan and xanax (alprazolam) carry a risk of addiction or tolerance, thus not being as desirable for long-term use.
All have possible side effects, and i strongly recommend cbt therapy to learn skills to reduce or avoid drug tx. Good luck.

In brief: Best w/ talk therapy

All antidepressants, but particularly the ssris are used since the older anti-anxiety drugs (benzodiazepines, such as valium, Ativan and xanax (alprazolam) carry a risk of addiction or tolerance, thus not being as desirable for long-term use.
All have possible side effects, and i strongly recommend cbt therapy to learn skills to reduce or avoid drug tx. Good luck.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Dr. Lynne Weixel
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