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An Overview of Medication for Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on July 12, 2011 - 7:07 pm (4975 views — 383 words)

Millions of individuals all over the world suffer from anxiety disorders. In the case of the United States, there are forty-million Americans affected by anxiety disorders among other conditions. This mental disorder is not simple for it can be classified into various categories. The anxiety disorder exhibits many variances like obsessive compulsions, panic attacks, or even generalized anxiety disorder.

No matter what type of anxiety disorder exists, a doctor's advice must be sought immediately. Anxiety disorders are often treated by doctors using two different approaches. Doctors would usually suggest some medications at the onset of anxiety disorder symptoms as well as behavioral therapy later to complement the drugs. Prescribing medication for anxiety disorder is based on some factors such as real source of anxiety and patient's reception to the drugs. Every individual has their own way of adapting to medications that can produce adverse side effects later. Since medication can only be prescribed by competent health professionals, a doctor must be consulted.
Here's an overview of medication for anxiety disorders prescribed by doctors for your guidance:

* Antidepressants: The basic goal of prescribing these medications is to modify some brain chemicals that address anxiety disorder. The most commonly prescribed antidepressants include fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), escitalopram (Lexapro), sertaline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor) and imipramine (Tofranil).

* Buspirone (BuSpar). This medication for anxiety disorder is safe for prolonged use. Since it takes some time for this drug to work, it must be taken for long periods. That is not to say that it does not have any side effects which can affect users such as lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea or headache.

* Benzodiazepines.-This medication for anxiety disorder is known for its effectiveness in calming down people who are feeling anxious. The use of this drug is quite limited since many people become dependent in this medication which is harmful. There are many samples of this drug such as: clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide (Librium) and alprazolam (Xanax).

The use of medication in anxiety disorders can be more effective when used along with behavioral therapy. On the other hand, the most important step to take is to consult your doctor before taking any medications. Self-medication is not recommended for it may bring more harm than good. Only a trained professional can lead you to recovery.