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Doctor Prescribed Medication for General Anxiety Disorder

II. Medication is another treatment option available for those that suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. There are three main types of medication prescribed for people that suffer from generalized anxiety disorder:

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which includes: fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine, venlafaxine, is a group of antidepressants that correct the serotonin imbalance by blocking the reuptake of the serotonin from the synapse to the nerve and artificially increasing the serotonin that is available in the synapse. This type of medication reduces the generalized anxiety disorder symptoms and the depressed symptoms, common among those that suffer from this disorder.

Tricyclic antidepressant seems to be as effective as the new antidepressants, but are rarely prescribed due to their uncomfortable side effects (dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, and weight gain).

High-potency anti-anxiety medications includes two different medications, both targeting only the anxiety symptoms:

1. Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium. This type of anxiety medication works fast (usually within 30 minutes to an hour after administration) and have few side effects. However, the main disadvantage is that taken for a long period of time, it can become addictive. This medication is usually prescribed in severe forms of anxiety.

2. Buspirone, such as Buspar. This medication needs to be taken for at least two weeks in order to start working and is consider safe for chronic forms of anxiety. However, this medication improves the symptoms, but will not completely eliminate anxiety.

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See Also:
Social Anxiety Disorder, and
Separation Anxiety Disorder


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