If you think you may have an anxiety disorder, it may be time to speak with a doctor. Talk to a board-certified doctor online to learn more about anxiety medication. While anxiety medication does not cure anxiety, it can help people manage day-to-day symptoms. Our licensed doctors can provide mental health support and refill prescriptions if necessary.
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What is Anti-Anxiety Medication?
Anti-anxiety medication is used to treat the symptoms of anxiety. There are a few different types of medications used to treat anxiety disorders, including:
Antidepressants are one the most common medications used to treating anxiety. The two most popular classes are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). They both affect the brain by increasing serotonin availability and helping to maintain mood.
Benzodiazepines are sedatives that are used for short-term anxiety relief. They work by enhancing neurotransmitter activity and within hours, they can help relieve anxiety. They are highly addictive, and typically only prescribed for short amounts of time, and are not a long-term solution to managing anxiety.
Buspirone is a pill used to treat generalized anxiety disorder. Typically, it is prescribed alongside another antidepressant.
Get Anti-Anxiety Medication Online
A board-certified doctor with PlushCare can work with you to diagnose and treat potential mental health conditions, such as anxiety disorder. PlushCare doctors can explain common anxiety medications, write prescriptions if necessary, and manage treatment with follow-up care, and adjust medication as needed. PlushCare also has online therapists available to help support your mental health.
If you think you may have an anxiety disorder, or feel that your anxiety is hindering your daily life, it may be time to talk to a doctor. 1 in 3 adults in America will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Seeking professional help is one of the best things you can do to get the support that you need.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the most common treatment for anxiety?
The most common treatment for anxiety is a mix of psychotherapy and medication. If you have an anxiety disorder, medication can help balance brain chemicals, which reduces symptoms. Psychotherapy can help with getting to the root of anxious feelings and learning relaxation techniques and other coping mechanisms, in order to feel less overwhelmed by anxiety.
What is the best medication for anxiety?
The best medication will depend on each individual person, what kind of anxiety they have, and how their personal brain chemistry interacts with medication. The most common kinds of anxiety medication include:
What is the most common social anxiety medication?
The most commonly prescribed medication for social anxiety is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Some examples are paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft). SSRIs can help relieve some of the symptoms of social anxiety. Another option is serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). One example is venlafaxine (Effexor XR).
How do I know if I need anxiety medication?
Everyone experiences the feeling of anxiety sometimes, and it is normal. When you are experiencing anxiety and it is impacting your daily life, you should talk to a doctor, as you may have an anxiety disorder. Some signs that you may need anxiety medication include:
You are perpetually nervous and on edge
You have trouble sleeping
You experience physical effects (stomachaches, headaches, or muscle tension)
You feel immobilized with fear
You cannot concentrate
You begin to have relationship problems
To get a formal diagnosis, you need to talk to a doctor. From there, you can work with your doctor to determine a treatment plan, which may involve medication.
How do I get anxiety medication?
To get anxiety medication, you need a prescription from a licensed doctor. Typically, you will meet with a doctor or psychiatrist. After doing a few preliminary tests, your doctor will talk to you about symptoms you are experiencing, and together you will come up with a treatment plan. Your doctor could recommend medication if they think it would benefit you.
Each individual is different, so you may need to try a few different medications, or dosages, until you find what works for you. Your doctor will be with you every step of the way to make sure you are not having any adverse side effects, and make sure you are benefiting from the medication.
Do I need a prescription to get anti-anxiety medication?
Yes, you need a prescription to get anxiety medication. With PlushCare, you can speak virtually with a licensed doctor online, and if they conclude you need anxiety medication, they can write you a prescription. PlushCare doctors can send the prescription electronically to your local pharmacy for pickup.
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