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Even on their own, alcohol and illicit drugs can create symptoms of anxiety. selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors ssris are often the first medication prescribed to treat anxiety disorders. These medications are known to reduce symptoms of anxiety, to be safe, and to have milder side-effects than some other antidepressants. ssris have their primary effect on serotonin neurotransmitters. The ssris currently available in Canada are: fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), citalopram (Celexa) and escitalopram (Cipralex).
For those who do not benefit from taking an ssri or nsri, other drug treatments can provide relief. In some cases, specific symptoms of anxiety may be addressed with other medications, such as “beta blockers” to reduce hand tremors or slow down the heart rate, or “anticholinergics” to reduce sweating. Such medications can be taken in addition to an ssri or nsri. ANTIDEPRESSANTS Antidepressants are usually the first medication prescribed to treat anxiety disorders. These medications are safe, effective and non-addictive, and have not been shown to have any long-term effects.
Other herbs without sedating effects, such as St. John’s wort, have also been suggested for treating anxiety disorders. The effectiveness of all of these medicines in the treatment of anxiety disorders, and their effectiveness in comparison to antidepressants, have not yet been studied. 2993-MHB-AnxietyINSPG:2993-MHB-Anxiety 10/14/09 12:44 PM Page 33 33 4 Recovery and relapse prevention When someone begins treatment for an anxiety disorder, the first goal is to reduce and manage symptoms. The process of achieving this goal, known as “recovery,” often includes a combination of medication, cbt and supportive psychotherapy, and may also include other support such as occupational, recreation and nutrition therapy.