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Anti-anxiety medication is not the only treatment option for those suffering from anxiety attacks, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) , phobias, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and other forms of therapy such as creative arts therapies and exercise can also be wonderfully beneficial.

However, anti-anxiety medication is often a fantastic piece of the treatment program, allowing people to lessen their anxiety and to respond to the events occurring in everyday life with a much more easy going, balanced approach.

Anti-anxiety medication is not something that is difficult to ask for in this day and age. There is much less stigma attached to mental health problems, and doctors are more educated about how to direct their patients in the proper direction when it comes to anti-anxiety drugs.

Medication for anxiety doesn’t have to be taken in large doses. Depending on the situation, it can be taken in low doses or even as needed.

The following are some of the most commonly used anti-anxiety drugs, known as benzodiazepines: Ativan, Centrax, Dalmane, Klonopin, Librium, Paxipam, Restoril, Serax, Tranxene, Xanax.
While benzodiazepines tend to be used often in the treatment of anxiety, there are also many anti-anxiety medications which are not in this drug class.

Depending on the physical and psychological profile of the person taking the medication, varying drug types may be prescribed. Some, like benzodiazepines are more habit-forming than others.

The other types of medications used for treating anxiety can include beta blockers, such as Inderal or Tenormin. Some others are non-addictive tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) such as Adapin , Anafranil, Elavil, Janimine, Ludiomil, Pamelor, Pertofrane, Sinequan, Surmontil, Tofranil and Vivactil.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are also used, although they are not the "go-to" choice of most. They are often used when antidepressants have not worked, and are more often chosen to relieve the symptoms of panic disorder. These include Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil and Parnate.

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Diazepam is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and for short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety. It belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines.

Cristiano Ronaldo

November 24, 2011 - 10:42am
EmpowHER Guest

Heart racing, and sweating of the hands and underarms to where I can't shake anyone's hands. I have had numerous doctors give me medications to cope, however the best thing that works is exercise. The medications make you sleepy and the best advice is to take a stress test by your doctor.

Robert Sulca

November 18, 2011 - 1:32pm
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