What are some reliable anxiety medications?

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BlakeT
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   Posted 1/9/2018 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.

I've had anxiety for a little over 3 years now and it has really taken a toll on my life. Now I am reaching the age where I will be at high level college courses and soon start my career. These things are quite overwhelming for me.

I've been through therapy and I haven't really made much progress. I'm looking for some medication suggestions. The less symptoms the better, and I would really like it if taking the medication does not lead to some disease down the road.

As for the medications, I would probably not be on it forever. I would just use it at needed such as job interviews, stressful projects, etc. Of course I will consult my doctor about these. Thank you for your suggestions in advance.

BlakeT
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   Posted 1/9/2018 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I ask this because I would really like to start off my career right. I had a part time job in high school, which I really blew it because of my anxiety. I had certain undesirable behaviors due to my anxiety and I feel that may have been misinterpreted by my managers as having an attitude or being difficult. I never disclosed my anxiety situation to my managers.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 1/9/2018 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
B.,

Basically the breakdown of the most common anxiety Rx's are as follows. Of course everyone is going to react differently...and the s/e's will vary from person to person, so it is hard to recommend one over the other...but here are some basic facts.

SSRI/SNRI's Probably the most common A/D prescribed today. Taken daily, they help to manage GAD, A/P, and in some cases OCD. (as well as depression of course, and other mood challenges) Excellent at assisting in day to day management, but can cause side effects for some people.

Benzodiazepines Should be taken on an as needed basis, or preferably for short term. This med is peerless in shutting down panic/acute anxiety, but has a risk of tolerance/dependency.

Off Label Antihistamine Such as Vistaril...serves the same purpose as a benzo, though usually not as effectively...but w/out the risks.

Beta Blockers Usually given for social anxiety challenges and the physical symtoms that go along with them.

TCA's and Atypical A/D's Generally tried when the ususal SSRI's aren't effective or tolerated.

As you can see there are a lot of choices. Seeking a psychiatrist to help you navigate finding the right Rx for you as an individual is a step worth taking IMO.

I hope you find the right choice for you and your needs! Keep us posted so we can keep you in support!

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Hibee
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   Posted 1/9/2018 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi

I would go with a Benzodiazepine or Beta Blocker on a as needed prescription.

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super20dan
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   Posted 1/9/2018 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I would add buspar to the list

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 1/9/2018 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
SD,

Agreed...I thought about it, but one more med family (anxiolytic) seemed almost too much at once...

...and was hoping that he would get the full run down from his doctor...but you are right he should have the full list, so now it's pretty complete. smile

Thanks!

S.C.
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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BlakeT
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   Posted 1/11/2018 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you to everyone who posted, especially to scaredy cat who always provides valuable information. I will definitely take these into consideration. I have had a little experience with antihistamines and I find they always cause me fatigue... not worth it.

I do remember my doctor talking about beta blockers in the past. Maybe that is a winner. I will bring these up to my doctor.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 1/11/2018 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely! Hoping you find your perfect plan!

Keep us posted on your progress, or any start ups that we can support you through! smile

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

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super20dan
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   Posted 1/12/2018 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
buspar got me tru the 4 years that I was ssri free. of course last years health issues forced me back to an ssri but I found buspar to work well. I had a bad day recently and took a chamomile capsule and 30 mins later I was chillin. stuff really works!

tela44
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   Posted 1/13/2018 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe starting with the lowest level of medication would be a good idea. I think a beta blocker, such as propranolol would work. That you can take on demand.

I find that just having my benzo with me at all times is enough. I rarely take it but it's right near by if I need it. Just knowing that keeps me calm.

limejuice1
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   Posted 1/19/2018 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
.Im suffering from anxiety a few years now and know some people who have it, too. And my experience is: there is no one single medication which helps, everyone reacts different to the available medicines. Best is to try out a lot together with a Dr. I found smth too in the End.

Post Edited (limejuice1) : 1/21/2018 11:32:07 AM (GMT-7)


super20dan
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   Posted 1/20/2018 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree that carrying your rescue benzo with you at all times works wonders at keeping an attack at bay. right now I am doing so well that I no longer have to carry mine
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