What Types Of Medications Are Helpful In Treating Anxiety Disorders?

Dr. Srini Pillay answers the question: 'Types Of Anxiety Disorder Medications?'

— -- Question: What types of medications are helpful in treating anxiety disorders?

Answer: We're very fortunate to have a large number of medications that may be helpful in treating anxiety disorders. The major classes of medication include the SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. And examples within this class are Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Luvox, Celexa or Lexapro. Another class of medications are the SNRIs which include Cymbalta and Effexor and other medications such as tricyclic antidepressants and MAO inhibitors may also be helpful in treating anxiety.

Apart from these major classes of medications, the benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Klonapin or Valium, may all be helpful in treating anxiety disorders. Other medications such as anticonvulsants, verapamil and inositol are things to consider if the primary medications are not working.

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