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What medications are used for ptsd?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Another medicine

Another medicine is Minipress (prazosin) which can be used for ptsd nightmares.
It works by crossing the blood brain barrier & blocking norepinephrine ( a chemical like adrenalin) acting in the brain. Prazosin was first used for ptsd in 1995. Trauma nightmares are true-life situations, extremely realistic, and they are accompanied by an adrenaline storm which does not happen with bad dreams.

In brief: Another medicine

Another medicine is Minipress (prazosin) which can be used for ptsd nightmares.
It works by crossing the blood brain barrier & blocking norepinephrine ( a chemical like adrenalin) acting in the brain. Prazosin was first used for ptsd in 1995. Trauma nightmares are true-life situations, extremely realistic, and they are accompanied by an adrenaline storm which does not happen with bad dreams.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
excellent discussion.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Various

The mainstay is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Atypical antipsychotics may be required for severe dissociative states. Prazosin is proving effective for insomnia with nightmares. The combination of melatonin & Buspar (buspirone) can also be effective for sleep. Anxiolytics should be approached cautiously.

In brief: Various

The mainstay is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Atypical antipsychotics may be required for severe dissociative states. Prazosin is proving effective for insomnia with nightmares. The combination of melatonin & Buspar (buspirone) can also be effective for sleep. Anxiolytics should be approached cautiously.
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: SSRIs, anxiolytics

While many kinds of medications have been tried, the most commonly used ones are ssri antidepressants, which have the advantage of treating both anxiety and depression, and are non-addictive.
Anxiolytics (anti-anxiety meds) such as Buspirone and the benzodiazepine tranquilizers can help too. Beta-blockers are sometimes used to block bodily stress reactions (pounding heart, etc).

In brief: SSRIs, anxiolytics

While many kinds of medications have been tried, the most commonly used ones are ssri antidepressants, which have the advantage of treating both anxiety and depression, and are non-addictive.
Anxiolytics (anti-anxiety meds) such as Buspirone and the benzodiazepine tranquilizers can help too. Beta-blockers are sometimes used to block bodily stress reactions (pounding heart, etc).
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