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Thursday, July 24, 2008 Sandra Simon, Community Member, asks

Q: What short-term anti- anxiety drug has the least side effects and which would be recommended?

85-year old healthy male to undergo T.U.N.A. in a week, suffering from anxiety. 

What short-term anti-anxiety med would be recommended?

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Vicki M, Health Guide
7/25/08 1:33pm

Hi Sandra,


I am not sure there is a short term medication for anxiety. If I understand correctly, your man is going to have Transurethral Needle Ablation. Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) is a simple, safe, and relatively inexpensive procedure using needles to deliver high-frequency radio waves that heat and destroy prostate tissue. You can read more about the procedure here, and basically it is considered to be one of the less invasive and more simple treatments for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.


The best thing to do is speak to the doctor and let the doctor know that the anticipation of this surgical procedure is affecting your 85 year old adversly. If there is something that can be prescribed short term, the doctor will be able to work that out for you.

If you would like information about the TUNA procedure, you can visit this page at HealthCentral's sister site,


Good luck and stay in touch. Let us know how the surgery goes!

Vicki M


7/26/08 3:29pm

Sandra - I am not a physician but work with lots of people with anxiety. The medications in the benzodiazepine family are typically considered for short term use. They work quickly and for varying lengths of time depending on the specific medication. When used for a week at low doses the side effects are manageable as long as they are prescribed by a physician who understands this man's general health status. His doctor should be able to suggest several options.


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Nora, Community Member
8/ 1/08 8:28pm

I would use a a lose dose of xanax or xanax xr. Try small dose first and see if it works.

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By Sandra Simon, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/13/14, First Published: 07/24/08