• Sally Sally
    August 24, 2008
    What medication helps anxiety and anger issues?
    Sally Sally
    August 24, 2008

    Can someone suggest a medication for someone who suffers from anxiety with anger issues and mood swings?  I have taken Zoloft, but I'm not sure it helped. 

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  • Merely Me
    Health Guide
    August 26, 2008
    Merely Me
    Health Guide
    August 26, 2008

    There a number of medications that treat anxiety and mood issues.  Some -- such as Ativan, Xanex, and Valium -- work fairly quickly and for a short period of time to control acute anxiety symptoms. They can be habit-forming, however, and should be used sparingly.  Another anxiety drug, Klonopin, has a longer lasting effect and can be used as a maintenance medication. Another option for a longer term therapeutic treatment is antidepressant medications such as Cymbalta, Prozac, Wellbutrin, and Lexapro. And finally, if your mood swings are not controlled by these, another option is mood stabilizing drugs such as Zyprexa, though these drugs often come with more side effects than the other options. 

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  • gail December 06, 2008
    gail
    December 06, 2008

    I used Zoloft for years.  It worked wonderfully well for me, but it stopped being effective.  I was up to 150mgs a day.  I became depressed again.  Cried all the time, could not sleep.  Had no energy.  Thought about suicide.  All the reasons why I went on Zoloft in the first place.  My doctor has switched me to Cymbalta.  While I was going off the Zoloft, taking the Cymbalta at the same time, I was doing much better.  Now that the Zoloft is gone, I am depressed, crying, angry.  The only good thing going on is that I am finally sleeping.  I just don't think I'm ever going to have a normal life.  Maybe you weren't getting enough Zoloft.  I took it for about 7 years.  I would still be taking it if it was effective for me. 

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    • Leka
      January 10, 2013
      Leka
      January 10, 2013

      I saw where you are on cymbalta.  I was on it for about 4 yrs.  All of a sudden I am having liver problems.  I have never drink more than a social drink.....maybe once a year. I don't have a liver desease....nothing.  After I checked the official cymbalta http://www.cymbalta.com/Pages/importantsafetyinformation.aspx?WT.srch=1b

       web site, I called my doctor and he took me off it.  I know it is great med. for depression and anger, but not worth dying for.  Please take a look at this site and the side effects.  Good luck. 

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  • ihope August 28, 2008
    ihope
    August 28, 2008

    I am sorry that you are feeling this way, but impressed that you recognize it as not ok.  It feels terrible to feel angry all the time.   I remember describing it (I can be kind of sarcastic), to people who have been there...in ways like "the kind of day where you can be in line at the supermarket and be angry because someone else is wearing an awful color lipstick.  Or because you don't like someone's dress.   Or because there are supermarkets.  Because you are in one.  In line. ...."   In other words  EVERYTHING...and nothing.   SO, if your doctor hasn't heard that kind of thing and thus doesn't know how to treat it, you really should try to find a doc who understands that is not how we are supposed to feel.   I'm guessing the reason you are asking for help and not accepting this at onlyy 22 is that is so counter to your real nature.   Again,  you need a doctor who understands this.  Also, not just to take medicines, but if one is prescribed, in addition to what was recommended in last response.....make sure you stay here or read the latest (at the bookstore, not library - too old sometimes-) on all treatments for depression and anxiety.  You don't have to feel this way.   Sometimes benzodiazapene medicines are part of the picture, which have always alarmed me due to potential for addiction. But I ended up taking klonipin, which I continually ask my doctor - am I taking a safe amt --and its truly helpful.  To me and those around me.   There are others.  But you may not need this kind of medicine if you are treated with a mood stabilizer.  For me, Lamictal has helped immensely.  At 22 and during the really rapidly moving research generation for depression treatment, you stand a wonderful chance of getting the best help and feeling well quicker than many have ---- if you agressively (no pun intended) research latest treatments and ask whoever you decide on as your doctor if he/she minds working WITH an informed patient.   You may learn more than some have had time to.   IF so, then you will either find a more current doc or take the lead in asking to try something you believe might help.    But I'd go for finding a doc who knows as much as you have been able to learn.    (I used to ask for a punching bag for Christmas, just to put in my basement when my kids were young....and even though they thought I was kidding, I WASN"T!  But I sure felt bad being angry and stressed always...I never abused them, I just felt horrible and NO FUN and the anger wore me out.)

     

     

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