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Can You Buy Anxiety Medication Online?

Margaret A Spera, NP, APRN

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May 29, 2020 Read Time - 7 minutes

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Margaret Spera is a Connecticut-based nurse practitioner. She has worked in hospital settings, family practices and senior care facilities for over 40 years.

Can Online Doctors Prescribe Anxiety Medication?

Yes, you can get anxiety medication prescribed online following a virtual consultation. That said, online doctors cannot prescribe controlled substances.

Anxiety and depression are the most common mental disorders in the United States. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) estimates that about 40 million adults are affected by this disability each year.

Anxiety disorders are highly treatable and thanks to innovative strides in telehealthcare websites like PlushCare, you can buy many anxiety medications online safely, discreetly, and conveniently.

Let’s take a look at how you can get an anxiety prescription online, along with other anxiety treatment options.

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What is the Best Medicine for Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are often treated with a combination of therapy, exercise, a healthy diet, and anti-anxiety medications.

These medications can include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), antidepressants, benzodiazepines (controlled substances), and other medications known to combat the symptoms of anxiety.

Anxiety medications aren’t right for everybody. Treatment with medication will depend on the cause of your anxiety and your physical health.

It’s important to speak with your doctor about your medical history so you can decide with your doctor which anxiety medication is right for you, if any at all.

Anxiety medication is not a cure for anxiety, rather it is a method of symptom management.

With that in mind, let’s go over some of the best prescription anti-anxiety medications.

Read: Medication For Anxiety and Depression

Can Online Doctors Prescribe Antidepressants?

Yes, online doctors can prescribe antidepressants to treat depression and anxiety.

Antidepressants are an extremely common treatment for anxiety and have been proven to reduce feelings of stress, worry and other symptoms associated with anxiety.

Read: How Do I Ask My Doctor For Anxiety Medication?

You can meet with an online doctor at PlushCare to see if antidepressants may be a beneficial part of your treatment plan.

A woman doing yoga and living anxiety free.

Which is the Best SSRI for Anxiety?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a type of antidepressant commonly used to treat anxiety. It typically takes 4-6 weeks for the effects to be noticed.

SSRIs are generally a long-form type of treatment. Not all SSRIs are used to treat anxiety. You can get SSRIs for anxiety prescribed online.

Common SSRIs Prescribed to Treat Anxiety Are:

Considerations and Precautions of SSRIs for Anxiety

Long term usage of SSRIs can lead to a dependency. Suddenly stopping SSRIs can have negative health risks and lead to increased feelings of depression and anxiety as well as withdrawal symptoms.

Before stopping or reducing SSRI intake speak with a doctor about how to safely go off your medication. Before taking SSRIs go over the potential side effects with your doctor.

Read: Stopping Antidepressants and Managing Withdrawal

Other Common Anxiety Medications That Can Be Prescribed Online

Can Online Doctors Prescribe Benzodiazepines?

No. Benzodiazepines are classified as controlled substances and cannot be prescribe online under any circumstances.

These medications have high potential for abuse, addiction and other dangerous risk factors. Therefor, you must meet with a doctor or psychiatrist in-person for ongoing medication management.

Even though PlushCare is unable to prescribe Benzodiazepines, we still want to inform you of their uses for anxiety treatment.

Which is the Best Benzodiazepine for Anxiety?

Benzodiazepines are another class of medication used to treat anxiety.

Benzodiazepines are controlled substances and therefore cannot be prescribed online.

They are also known as tranquilizers and tend to be fast acting, with effects felt in 30-60 minutes. Benzodiazepines are good for stopping panic attacks and acute anxiety.

That said, they are addictive and come with health risks and side effects. Benzodiazepines are not meant for long-term use.

Common benzodiazepines prescribed to treat anxiety are:

Xanax (alprazolam)

Klonopin (clonazepam)

Ativan (lorazepam)

Valium (diazepam)

The above medications are classified as controlled substances and cannot be prescribed online.

Can Online doctors prescribe Xanax?

No, Xanax is classified as a controlled substance by the FDA and therefore cannot be prescribed online. Because Xanax has potential for abuse, addiction and even overdose, it is important to see a doctor in person before obtaining a prescription.

Why is Xanax a Controlled Substance?

Xanax is classified as a controlled subtance because as mentioned above, it has potential for abuse, including addiction, harmful drug interactions and overdose.

Those taking Xanax should be closely monitored by their doctor to ensure the care plan is being followed and working.

Considerations and Precautions of Benzodiazepines for Anxiety

Benzodiazepines have potential for abuse and addiction. In some cases they can actually make anxiety and depression worse.

Benzodiazepines work by slowing down the nervous system both mentally and physically. This can have unwanted side effects as motor and cognitive skills are impaired.

Taking these medications with other prescription and recreational drugs can be life threatening and lead to death.

Overdose is possible.

Talk to a doctor about your mental and physical health, as well as your medical history and symptoms to see if this class of medication is right for you.

Can You Buy Anxiety Medication Over The Counter?

Anxiety medications require a prescription from a doctor and cannot be purchased over the counter.

It’s important to speak with a doctor or psychiatrist before you receive anxiety medication.

The doctor can help determine which treatment method is best for you, and if anxiety medication will be beneficial to your overall health. Then they can determine which specific anxiety medication is best for your case and prescribe you a starting dose.

You will want to check in with your doctor frequently to go over any side effects you may be feeling and discuss if the medication is working.

A woman talking to an online doctor on an ipad about getting anxiety medications online.

How Do I Ask My Doctor For Anxiety Medication?

Since you will need to speak with a doctor, either online or in-person, before receiving an anti-anxiety prescription, you may be wondering how to go about the conversation.

The best approach is to be open and honest with your doctor about your symptoms and triggers.

Explain as clearly as you can what you’re anxious about, when these feelings arise, and how they are affecting your life.

The doctor will listen to you and ask some follow up questions, including what other medications and supplements you are taking. Be sure to disclose your entire medical history to your doctor as many drugs interact in dangerous ways.

It may be a good idea to write down a list of your symptoms and triggers before your appointment so you don’t forget to mention anything important.

Remember, the doctor is there to help you, and together you can work to create a care plan that will help relieve your anxiety.

Who Can Prescribe Anxiety Medication?

To receive a treatment plan and prescription for anxiety medication you will need to speak to a doctor or psychiatrist. The doctor will want to know why you’re interested in taking anxiety medication as well as learn your medical history and other medications you may be taking.

Read: Online Psychiatrist Prescription

You can get many anxiety medications prescribed online from an online doctor at PlushCare. If our online healthcare professionals think you can benefit from anxiety medication they can write you a prescription and send it electronically to the pharmacy of your choice.

You can also get refills online and receive a comprehensive treatment plan to combat your anxiety.

To speak with an online doctor about getting anxiety medication online, book an appointment here.

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Mayo Clinic. Anxiety Disorders. Accessed September 19, 2019 at What is Anxiety?. Accessed September 19, 2019 at Anxiety Medication. Accessed May 20, 2020 at

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