There are a number of different medications that are currently used to treat anxiety disorders. Antidepressants, although originally intended to treat depression, have been found to be effective in relieving symptoms of anxiety. Medication does not “cure” anxiety. While some people may not feel relief from anxiety symptoms and some may not be able to tolerate side effects, the majority of people do find relief from the debilitating impact of anxiety in their lives. There are a number of antidepressant medications on the market today used to treat different types of anxiety: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) • Clomipramine (Anafranil) • Fluoxetine (Prozac) • Fluvoamine (Luvox) • Paroxetine (Paxil) • Sertaline (Zoloft) Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) • Paroxetine (Paxil) Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) • Paroxetine (P...
I rarely spend much time in support of antidepressants. I know they have a place in the effective treatment of major depression and I know many people feel they help with less severe forms of depression, although the reasons for this may be complex and there are just as effective, or better, alternatives. But, I think if you’ve engaged in an informed discussion with your doctor and you’ve reached a decision that antidepressants are worth a shot, then there’s a case to be made for giving them a chance to work.
In their defense, most family doctors have a limited palate of treatment options when it comes to depression. Putting to one side the person who simply churns out a prescription and leaves you to it, there are plenty who don’t. They are however dealing with a disease process that isn’t fully understood and using tools, usually in the form of drugs that may or may not help. These same drugs can’t change the social circumstances or stresso...
THURSDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- People who combine Prozac
and similar antidepressants with migraine drugs called triptans run
the risk of a life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome,
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
The antidepressants, which also include Zoloft, Paxil and
Lexapro, are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRIs). The FDA said on Wednesday that it probably would recommend
changes to the drugs' labels as more information became available,
the Associated Press reported.
In a second warning, the FDA said babies born to mothers who
take SSRIs are at significantly greater risk of a dangerous lung
problem called persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). The
condition causes high blood pressure in the lungs' blood vessels,
restricting oxygen intake into the bloodstream, the AP reported.
The condition affects one or two babies per 1,000 born.
The FDA urged makers of the antidepressants to change their
labels to include information about ...
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