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What types of medications exist for anxiety?

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November 14th, 2014 7:47pm
BENZODIAZEPINES alprazolam (Xanax) panic, generalized anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, OCD clonazepam (Klonopin) panic, generalized anxiety, phobias, social anxiety diazepam (Valium) generalized anxiety, panic, phobias lorazepam (Ativan) generalized anxiety, panic, phobias oxazepam (Serax) generalized anxiety, phobias chlordiazepoxide (Librium) generalized anxiety, phobias BETA BLOCKERS propranolol (Inderal) social anxiety atenolol (Tenormin) social anxiety TRICYCLIC ANTIDEPRESSANTS imipramine (Tofranil) panic, depression, generalized anxiety, PTSD desipramine (Norpramin, Pertofrane and others) panic, generalized anxiety, depression, PTSD nortriptyline (Aventyl or Pamelor) panic, generalized anxiety, depression, PTSD amitriptyline (Elavil) panic, generalized anxiety, depression, PTSD doxepin (Sinequan or Adapin) panic, depression clomipramine (Anafranil) panic, OCD, depression OTHER ANTIDEPRESSANTS trazodone (Desyrel) depression, generalized anxiety MONOAMINE OXIDASE INHIBITORS (MAOIs) phenelzine (Nardil) panic, OCD, social anxiety, depression, generalized anxiety, PTSD tranylcypromine (Parnate) panic, OCD, depression, generalized anxiety, PTSD SELECTIVE SEROTONIN REUPTAKE INHIBITORS (SSRIs) fluoxetine (Prozac) OCD, depression, panic, social anxiety, PTSD, generalized anxiety fluvoxamine (Luvox) OCD, depression, panic, social anxiety, PTSD, generalized anxiety sertraline (Zoloft) OCD, depression, panic, social anxiety, PTSD, generalized anxiety paroxetine (Paxil) OCD, depression, panic, social anxiety, PTSD, generalized anxiety escitalopram oxalate (Lexapro) OCD, panic,depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD, generalized anxiety citalopram (Celexa) depression, OCD, panic, PTSD, generalized anxiety SEROTONIN-NOREPINEPHRINE REUPTAKE INHIBITORS (SNRIS) venlafaxine (Effexor) panic, OCD, depression, social anxiety, generalized anxiety venlafaxine XR (Effexor XR) panic, OCD, depression, social anxiety, generalized anxiety duloxetine (Cymbalta) generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic, OCD MILD TRANQUILIZER buspirone (BuSpar) generalized anxiety, OCD, panic ANTICONVULSANTS Valproate (Depakote) panic Pregabalin (Lyrica) generalized anxiety disorder Gabapentin (Neurotin) generalized anxiety, social anxiety
November 16th, 2014 8:29pm
Too many types of medication exist for anxiety !!! Not enough time is spent with each person to really look at other ways of treatment before medication is given out by doctors ! People need people ;) sure medication can be great when it's managed for the right condition and it's supervised ! Relaxation , water , meditation , support , breathing , noticing warning signs there's so much more out there to do for anxiety that can save money and cause less problems ! Some medication can be so addictive the anxiety it causes on it's own needs treatment ... sometimes even hospital supervision if stopped instantly .... Non thinking tools are safe , breathing , water for if your cold or over heated , not pushing yourself to far for others , taking time out for yourself , knowing your own limits and respecting them, and feeling ok about saying no without explaining why :) simple safe tools !
June 17th, 2015 3:47am
There are medications that help start the anxiety before it starts, a premeditative measure, and medication that helps people who are suffering from an anxiety attack, and that medication helps the patient relax from the symptoms that they are suffering from in that moment.
September 13th, 2014 12:07am
I have tried some of medications that it was suggested by my doctor.It is Barbiturates tranquilizer
October 23rd, 2014 3:42am
There are many different types of medications that exist for anxiety. Many of them do different things. What works for one person, may or may not work for you. It is best that you talk to your doctor about different kinds of anxiety medications that would work for you. Good luck! Best wishes... FrancescaGabrielle
September 11th, 2014 1:07am
I don't really know because I personally feel that my anxiety should not be treated with any medication whatsoever, and I truly believe that because these medications cannot remove your problems for you. It is you, only you and your actions can overcome that dreadful and debilitating feeling of constant nervousness. I hope that's a suitable answer. However, if it's not, I can google a list of names of anxiety medications. Should I do that?
September 15th, 2014 1:07am
I used to take Ativan. It was great and fast acting, which is what I needed for my frequent panic attacks.
September 15th, 2014 3:19am
The medication that I know of is prozac, however there are other ways to relieve anxiety just by taking a deep breath, or pausing and just giving time to yourself to think and recuperate.
October 6th, 2014 9:10pm
Many antidepressants can be used to help anxiety, personally I am on zoloft and have been for four years and it has done great managing my anxiety and keeping it under control.
October 15th, 2014 2:28am
zoloft, xanax, prozac, and many other antidepressants. because anxiety and depression are very similar, there is a large overlap in which medications are prescribed.
October 23rd, 2014 8:53pm
There's a lot of medications for anxiety, but you should seek advice from your doctor so you can get the medication that's right for you!
October 25th, 2014 5:22am
Both tranquilizers (anti-anxiety medications) and antidepressants are used to treat anxiety. The risk for dependency and abuse is smaller for antidepressants; however, some take more than 4 weeks to show signs of improvement. Tranquilizers can be used when needed.
November 3rd, 2014 1:12am
Not sure if medication is the best method. Medicine only covers the symptoms, what is causing this anxiety? Also, what mental exercises will help lower any anxiety that arises?
November 3rd, 2014 7:03am
There are SSRI's, SNRI's, MAOI's and Benzodiazepines and Beta Blockers. The SSRI's - Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors , aid in keeping seratonin - a happy inducing neurotransmitter, in the neurons, thus keeping the users less anxious, or happier. (such as Prozac). The SNRI's - Seratonin and Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors, work similarly to the SSRI's, but also do that for the noradrenaline, which is simulated by dopamine (another happy neurotransmitter), and also links to the heart rate. MAOI's stop the above chemicals from breaking down, thus keeping the user happy, and continue to be happy, when they are secreted. And benzodiazepines are often mused as relaxers, as they relax muscles, and are sedative in larger doses, thus being given to those with panic attacks. Beta Blockers reduce the heart rate, and also reduce the amount of adrenaline on one's body, thus preventing anxiety to an extent.
November 3rd, 2014 12:32pm
Sertraline and Diazapam. I recommend neither. My therapist actually pleaded with me never to take diazapam as it's highly addictive.
November 3rd, 2014 4:44pm
There are lots of medications for anxiety there are benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and Valium which are short acting tranquilizers. SSRI's are also used to treat Anxiety such as Buspirone. Beta Blockers can be prescribed for anxiety as an off-label treatment.
November 7th, 2014 1:21am
A huge variety of medications exist for the treatment of anxiety. Minor anxiety can sometimes be controlled with antihistamines like Benadryl. Blood pressure medications are commonly used for some types of anxiety, for instance, labetalol for stage fright. Some depressant medications like prozac are used to treat depression-associated anxiety. In very serious cases, doctors may prescribe benzodiazepines or barbiturates to treat anxiety, but this is usually reserved for serious cases. You should work with your physician or psychiatrist to determine what medication would work best for you.
November 9th, 2014 11:59am
Several antidepressants also help with anxiety. But the maint anxiety medications are klonopin, zanax, vistoril. They all have drowsiness as a side effect.
November 9th, 2014 3:57pm
There are many kinds of medications for anxiety but there is much debate over their efficacy. It is very important to talk through your options with your doctor or psychiatrist as their can be many serious side-effects, especially in children. Long term treatments for anxiety that are most effective are often based on identifying the source of anxiety and building coping skills to deal with these stimuli, medication is used to cope in the short term. The goal would be to build skills that allow you to deal with your source of anxiety without medication over time.
November 9th, 2014 5:38pm
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) which is a type of anti-depressant and works by increasing your levels of serotonin. Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are another type of anti-depressant which works by increasing serotonin and noradrenaline in your brain. You may be offered Benzodiazepines which are a type of sedative which can be used short term to treat severe anxiety. These are not a long term solution though. Pregabalin is a type of medication used to treat epilepsy but has been shown to be beneficial in treating anxiety. A less common medication prescribed for anxiety are beta-blockers which decrease heart activity by blocking hormones like adrenaline. What you are prescribed will depend entirely on you as a person and will be different from one person to the next so talking to your doctor about the options is important.
November 9th, 2014 10:13pm
From my experience, anti-depressants are commonly used for anxiety disorders. What they do is elevate the levels of serotonin ("feel good" endorphin) in the brain.
November 11th, 2014 12:04pm
Many antidepressants are also known to reduce the effects of anxiety, such as fluxotine. Consult a GP to get exact advice
November 13th, 2014 9:46am
There are many medications to cope with anxiety but they all need to be prescribed by a mental health professional in order to be legaly used and used corectly.
April 16th, 2015 3:20pm
The most common are: Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), Valium (diazepam). If this is just a general knowledge question, then ignore this next part; if not, then please read on: never take any medications without consulting your GP first and always read the side effects.
April 25th, 2015 2:04am
There are benzodiazepines (like Lorazepam [Ativan], Alprazolam [Xanax], and Clonazepam [Klonopin]) and antidepressants (most commonly SSRI's, like Fluoxetine [Prozac], Paroxetine [Paxil], and Escitalopram [Lexapro]). Benzodiazepines are highly addictive and immediate, so they're usually only used for sleeping and panic attacks, and are rarely prescribed to children. SSRI's are acceptable to be prescribed to children, and they're long-term, therefore there is no risk of addiction. SSRI's work very well for anxiety, and they have different ranges of side effects, and researching them is always a good way to know what you think is best along with your prescriber and know what's going into your body.
May 1st, 2015 6:22pm
That's a question that's really more important for your primary care physician as they have your medical history and know your allergies or other tendencies you might have. There are a lot of them, but the two that come to mind are Cymbalta and Xanax. Again, I highly suggest you talk to your physician.
May 30th, 2015 5:51am
You can contact your doctor for it. But usually they can give you some SSRI or other anti-anxiolytic medications. All of these medications need doctor's prescription.
May 30th, 2015 4:36pm
There are dozens of types of medications and different types of medication combinations that can be used to treat anxiety. It is best to ask a psychiatrist about this. If you are not seeing a psychiatrist, you can ask your general care provider for a referral to one.
June 5th, 2015 4:36pm
Beta blockers and antidepressants are the most common! I am on one set of those however it is far from the first or only solution. You should use this as a last resort!
July 18th, 2015 6:00pm
When it comes to anxiety, there are a lot of different medications/prescriptions. There are even some over the counter medications that can help you cope with anxiety. As far as getting the name of those medications I feel that you should ask a professional health care provider and/or consult your primary physician. While I'm sure that what may work for one patient/individual may not for for you, but there is something out there for you and it may not be oral medication. The safe thing to do would be to just get a second opinion from your doctor.