Mental health disorders

Anxiety

(Generalized anxiety disorder)

  • Also known as
  • GAD

About Anxiety

Some anxiety is useful. It can make you more alert or careful. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder have excessive, ongoing fear or worry that interferes with their day-to-day life, school or work, and relationships. Researchers don't know exactly what causes it, but several parts of the brain are associated with fear and worry.

Symptoms of Anxiety
  • Persistent worry that's out of proportion to the cause or event
  • Feeling constantly on edge or irritable
  • Inability to let go of a worry
  • Worrying about worrying
  • Excessive difficulty making decisions
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, sweating, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, trembling, or twitchiness

Top Medications for Anxiety according to our users

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All Medications for Anxiety

  • Anti-anxiety > Benzodiazepine

    • Ativan
      (Lorazepam)
      Prescription only

      Ativan (Lorazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and sleep. Less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
    • Valium
      (Diazepam)
      Prescription only

      Valium (Diazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and for pain and sleeplessness from muscle spasm. Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Rectal gel
    • Xanax
      (Alprazolam)
      Prescription only

      Xanax (Alprazolam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety, and longer-term for panic attacks. More likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Liquid
    • Restoril
      (Temazepam)
      Prescription only

      Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Anti-anxiety > Azaspirodecanedione

  • Antidepressant > Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI)

    • Cymbalta
      (Duloxetine)
      Prescription only

      Cymbalta (Duloxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety, and may help with chronic pain. More likely than other antidepressants to cause problems if you drink or have high blood pressure.Will Cymbalta work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Extended release
    • Effexor
      (Venlafaxine)
      Prescription only

      Effexor (Venlafaxine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. May work when other antidepressants haven't, it's but more likely to cause side effects and withdrawal symptoms than other antidepressants.Will Effexor work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
  • Antidepressant > Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)

    • Lexapro
      (Escitalopram)
      Prescription only

      Lexapro (Escitalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. Might be less likely to cause side effects than some antidepressants, but not the best choice for people with heart or liver problems.Will Lexapro work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
    • Paxil
      (Paroxetine)
      Prescription only

      Paxil (Paroxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety but it causes more weight gain, sleepiness, and withdrawal symptoms than other antidepressants.Will Paxil work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release tablet
      • Liquid
    • Zoloft
      (Sertraline)
      Prescription only

      Zoloft (Sertraline) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It's more likely to cause insomnia and diarrhea than other antidepressants.Will Zoloft work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
  • Antidepressant > Noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressant

  • Antihypertensive > Beta blocker

  • Anticonvulsant > GABA analog

    • Lyrica
      (Pregabalin)
      Prescription only

      Lyrica (Pregabalin) works well as an add-on medicine for seizures and fibromyalgia, but it's especially effective for nerve-related pain after shingles. Not available as a generic, so it might be expensive.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid

Medication side effects for Anxiety

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for constipation.

  • Buspar: 1%
  • Lexapro: 10%
  • Cymbalta: 16%
  • Effexor: 26%
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At this end, no one is expected to have constipation

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have constipation

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Anxiety

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Look at all options before jumping into an SSRI
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  • Exercising
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Meditation, exercise, distraction, talking to friends
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Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Meditation, looking at gut health right now, glutamine and probiotics to help better absorb nutrients, looking at 5 HTP
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  • Counselling