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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  • Atarax
    (hydroxyzine hydrochloride)
    Prescription only

    Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) is an effective treatment for the itching caused by an allergic reaction. It can also help treat mild anxiety.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Ativan
    (lorazepam)
    Prescription only

    Ativan (lorazepam) is an effective medicine for occasional or short-term anxiety. It's less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Injection
  • Buspar
    (buspirone)
    Prescription only

    Buspar (Buspirone) is effective for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and less effective for short-term use.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • chlordiazepoxide
    Prescription only

    Librium (chlordiazepoxide) is good for lowering anxiety since its effects aren't as strong as similar medicines; however, it lasts longer in the body and can be more dangerous in older people.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Compro
    (prochlorperazine)
    Prescription only

    Compro (Prochlorperazine) can be used to treat severe nausea and vomiting and can be taken orally or rectally, but get ready for a nap.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Suppository
  • Cymbalta
    (duloxetine)
    Prescription only

    Cymbalta (duloxetine) is good for treating depression, anxiety, and some forms of chronic pain, but it is more likely than other antidepressants to cause problems if you drink alcohol or have high blood pressure.

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

    Effexor (venlafaxine) is good for treating depression and anxiety, but it can cause more withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly compared to other antidepressants.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Lexapro
    (escitalopram)
    Prescription only

    Lexapro (escitalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It is less likely to cause side effects than and has fewer drug interactions. However, it might not be a good choice if you have liver or heart problems.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • oxazepam
    Prescription only

    Serax (oxazepam) helps make sure the seizures that happen during alcohol withdrawal don't get worse. Serax (oxazepam) is also good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Paxil
    (paroxetine)
    Prescription only

    Paxil (paroxetine) is effective for treating depression and anxiety, but causes more unwanted side-effects than other medicines that work like it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release pill
    • Liquid
  • Tranxene
    (clorazepate)
    Prescription only

    While Tranxene (clorazepate) can be used to control seizures and anxiety, it's not popular because of its potential for addiction and withdrawal seizures.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • trifluoperazine
    Prescription only

    Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can be used to treat schizophrenia, but you might have trouble controlling your movements.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Valium
    (diazepam)
    Prescription only

    Valium (diazepam) is effective for occasional or short-term use for anxiety and muscle spasm. Compared to similar drugs, Valium (diazepam) acts very quickly but can have interactions with other medicines.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Xanax
    (alprazolam)
    Prescription only

    Xanax (alprazolam) effectively treats occasional or short-term anxiety and panic attacks. Compared to similar drugs, it is more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms and can have more interactions with some medicines.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
  • Celexa
    (citalopram)
    Prescription only

    Celexa (citalopram) is good for treating depression and anxiety. Side effects are less likely to happen compared to other antidepressants; however, it is not the best choice for people with heart or liver problems.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Lyrica
    (pregabalin)
    Prescription only

    Lyrica (pregabalin) is first-choice treatment for nerve pain, but may be expensive since it is available as brand name only.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Propranolol
    Prescription only

    Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. You can't miss doses.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Liquid
  • Remeron
    (mirtazapine)
    Prescription only

    Remeron (mirtazapine) improves your mood and helps you sleep better, but can cause more weight gain than any other antidepressant.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
  • 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
  • Zoloft
    (sertraline)
    Prescription only

    Zoloft (sertraline) is good for treating depression and anxiety, but it can interact with many medicines.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid

Medication side effects for Anxiety

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

  • Buspar: 2%
  • Effexor: 8%
  • Lexapro: 21%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Diarrhea

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Diarrhea

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Anxiety

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Explore both behavioral and medical methods of coping.
  • Always couple medication with therapy
  • Meditation and yoga help
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • really dont now
  • Stress management techniques, exercise, yoga, mediation
  • Mindfulness meditation
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • exercise, cognitive techniques
  • trying to stay awake
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy