Anti Anxiety Medications
Anti anxiety medications can be effective in treating symptoms associated with various anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
They may also help to reduce your anxiety levels. But remember, only take them as prescribed and adhere to all dosage instructions.
When it comes to treating anxiety, your doctor will prescribe the medication that best meets your individual needs. The type of drug depends on both the severity and nature of your anxiety as well as any underlying medical conditions you may have.
Antidepressants, benzodiazepines and beta-blockers are medications that may help alleviate your anxiety levels.
Antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (fluoxetine, Prozac, Zoloft) and selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) such as Citalopram, Celexa and Lexapro can provide relief from anxiety by increasing serotonin production in the brain. SSRIs are usually the first medication your doctor will recommend; they help boost serotonin levels throughout your brain.
Some SSRIs and SNRIs may cause side effects like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Furthermore, these drugs have the potential to lower your sodium levels, leading to low blood pressure.
Diazepam, lorazepam and alprazolam are benzodiazepines that can reduce your anxiety by inducing muscle relaxation. They may be used briefly before certain events or surgeries for temporary comfort.
Beta-blockers such as propranolol can help control your anxiety by blocking epinephrine, an adrenaline chemical in your body. They may also alleviate trembling and sweating associated with fear.
Other drugs that can help alleviate your anxiety include buspirone and hydroxyzine. Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine which may reduce symptoms associated with generalized anxiety disorder.