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Any over-the-counter help for someone with anxiety?
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Antihistamines
Mildly sedating antihistamines (e.
g., Diphenhydramine = benadryl) sometimes help with mild anxiety. Herbal tea containing valerian root &/or chamomile can be calming. Unlike most prescription anxiety meds, these are not habit-forming. However, if anxiety is a persistent problem it's better to address the causes instead of just treating the symptoms. Try stress management, relaxation, therapy.

In brief: Antihistamines
Mildly sedating antihistamines (e.
g., Diphenhydramine = benadryl) sometimes help with mild anxiety. Herbal tea containing valerian root &/or chamomile can be calming. Unlike most prescription anxiety meds, these are not habit-forming. However, if anxiety is a persistent problem it's better to address the causes instead of just treating the symptoms. Try stress management, relaxation, therapy.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Although some prescription medications used to treat anxiety can be habit forming, the majority, that is antidepressants, are not. Antihistamines can be helpful for transient anxiety, but persistent use typicall results in decreased efficicay over time.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr Elliott is certainly right that antidepressants are not habit-forming, but they are not the most commonly prescribed anxiety meds. Benzodiazepine tranquilizers (Valium, Ativan Klonopin, etc) are much more widely used for anxiety in general medical practice, as well as in adult psychiatric practice. Antidepressants probably *should* be used more. Anyway, antihistamines work for occas'l use.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not meds
If you want to help yourself overcome anxiety, stay away from the pharmacy.
Check out books on dealing with anxiety. There are many excellent ones that can teach you ways of dealing with stress and anxious symptoms. Medications can be of help, but the effective ones require a prescription.

In brief: Not meds
If you want to help yourself overcome anxiety, stay away from the pharmacy.
Check out books on dealing with anxiety. There are many excellent ones that can teach you ways of dealing with stress and anxious symptoms. Medications can be of help, but the effective ones require a prescription.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
see my answer for depression otc
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