List of Anxiety Medications

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There are a number of anti-anxiety medications available, and they can be classified into several different categories of drugs. Not all medications work equally well for all people, so it may take a few tries and good guidance from a medical professional to find a medication or combination of medications that works well to control your anxiety.

 

Commonly prescribed anxiety medications

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

These are commonly prescribed antidepressants that are also used to treat anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, and social phobia. Examples:

Serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

A class of antidepressants commonly prescribed to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Examples:

Benzodiazepines

Most often prescribed for short-term relief of panic disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety

Tricyclic Antidepressants

Used to treat people with both anxiety and depression

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)

Type of antidepressant sometimes prescribed to treat anxiety disorders

Beta Blockers

Most often prescribed for social phobia/anxiety; beta blockers treat physical sypmtoms of anxiety

Other

  • buspirone (BuSpar®) - often compared to benzodiazepines, but a different type of medication used to treat GAD

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