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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...
Over-the-counter birth control methods are used during sex to avoid pregnancy and sometimes to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Over-the-counter means that they can be purchased by anyone, without a doctor's prescription.
For more information about birth control options, see:
Birth control and family planning
Birth control - over the counter; Contraceptives - over the counter
Over-the-counter birth control methods are not as effective against pregnancy as some prescription methods. However, they are more effective against STIs than any other method except not having intercourse (abstinence). They enable people to protect themselves against pregnancies and STIs without having to:
Deal with long-term side effects
Spend a lot of money
Wait for a doctor's appointment
A male condom is a thin sheath pla...
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