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What is the best benzo to use long term for severe anxiety?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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In brief: Benzo = Short-term

All antidepressants, but particularly the ssris may be better for long term use 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.
All have possible side effects, and i strongly recommend cbt therapy to learn skills to reduce or avoid drug tx. Good luck.

In brief: Benzo = Short-term

All antidepressants, but particularly the ssris may be better for long term use 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.
All have possible side effects, and i strongly recommend cbt therapy to learn skills to reduce or avoid drug tx. Good luck.
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