Medication for anxiety

Anxiety is a big trouble for people. People who are anxious have to go through a tough time, firstly to understand that what they are facing is anxiety and secondly to get the finest treatment for it.

There are two types of treatments present for anxiety disorder; one is through proper anxiety medication and the other is by taking psychiatric help. Both these ways can be useful to control anxiety but generally medication is preferred due to its immediate effects. Therapy might require a lot of patience and time which all patients may not bear. The choice of either of these approaches or both together totally depends on what type of anxiety disorder a person is facing and the individual’s physical condition.

However, it is necessary that you meet your doctor and tell him of your symptoms so that he prescribes you the most effective medicine. Some people work on medication alone while others take both therapy and medication. It is better to take therapy along with medication so that you may receive a quicker result and that you don’t get dependant on the medicine.

There are three main classes of medicines used to treat anxiety disorders which include Benzodiazepines, anti depressants and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Benzodiazepines (alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam, and lorazepam etc) are mostly used because of their short term effectiveness as they may effect within an hour. They come with their side effects such as drowsiness, upset stomach etc that should be taken care of.

However before withdrawing these medicines you should ask your doctor as abrupt withdrawal can cause serious problems. Next are the anti depressants which doctors advise because of Benzodiazepines long term use. These are also very effective but they can cause side effects such as constipation, drop in blood pressure, blurred vision and dry mouth.

The SSRIs are also used as they work by regulating your mood. They act with the sending of nerves to the neurotransmitter serotonin. SSRIs are suggested due to their fewer side effects (sleepiness, weight gain and sexual dysfunction) comparatively. Therefore when undergoing the treatment, you and your doctor should cooperate and work as a team. If one medicine does not affect you very well, inform your doctor so that he may choose an alternate for you.

Once the medication starts taking effect, you will feel in control and relaxed. Patience and strength during your medication will lead you to your newer self, calm and relaxed.