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What are the most effective drugs for general anxiety disorder and panic disorder?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: SSRI/ SSNRI / BZD

The selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (ssri) are probably the most effective and safest followed by the selective serotonin and norepineprine re-uptake inhibitors (ssnri) followed by the benzodiazepines (bzd).
There are many medications within each class which are often chosen based upon side effect profile.

In brief: SSRI/ SSNRI / BZD

The selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (ssri) are probably the most effective and safest followed by the selective serotonin and norepineprine re-uptake inhibitors (ssnri) followed by the benzodiazepines (bzd).
There are many medications within each class which are often chosen based upon side effect profile.
Dr. Dan Fisher
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Anxiety

Benzodiazepines like Ativan & xanax & klonopin, ssri's like Prozac & zoloft, snri's like Effexor (venlafaxine) & cymbalta, and seizure medications like Gabitril & trileptal.

In brief: Anxiety

Benzodiazepines like Ativan & xanax & klonopin, ssri's like Prozac & zoloft, snri's like Effexor (venlafaxine) & cymbalta, and seizure medications like Gabitril & trileptal.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: GAD

Agree that ssri's & snri's are effective, but take a while to kick in (weeks) & are less effective by themselves initially for treating panic attacks or severe anxiety once the attack ensues.

In brief: GAD

Agree that ssri's & snri's are effective, but take a while to kick in (weeks) & are less effective by themselves initially for treating panic attacks or severe anxiety once the attack ensues.
Dr. Alan Ali
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