Medications For Anxiety Attacks

There are times when treatments for anxiety attacks, such as cognitive behavioral therapies and other methods, do not work. In this situation medication may help to alleviate anxiety attacks symptoms.

Most medications are given singularly until anxiety attack symptoms are under control. However, there are times when more than one medication is combined to reduce severe symptoms and get a better control on the anxieties, but in the case of psychiatric drugs, combining any drugs has its risks.

Anxiety attack medications are used based on the patient’s ability to tolerate them over a long period of time and their ability to treat the symptoms. Antidepressant medications are prescribed for anxiety attacks and can be used alone or in combination with other types of drugs to stop symptoms. Some examples of these include:

· Effexor – side effects include impotence, other sexual malfunctions, nausea, anorexia, dry mouth, vision problems, sweating and constipation; doses are recommended at 75 to 225mg twice a day with food; no known drug interactions have yet been found

· Nardil – side effects include dizziness, constipation, drowsiness, headaches, constipation, low blood pressure when getting up, liver conditions, troubles sleeping, digestive problems, increased weight, water gain and sexual problems; doses are 15 to 90mg daily; some drugs and foods that should be avoided while taking Nardil and for 2 weeks after completing the treatment include excessive caffeine, beer, cheeses, chocolate, processed salamis/pepperonis/bologna, fava beans, liver, meat extracts, pickled/aged/smoked/fermented/poorly stored fish/dairy/meat products, wine, sauerkraut, yeast extracts, yogurt, appetite reducers, amphetamines, antidepressants (exact or related), inhalants (asthma), hay fever/sinus/cold medications, decongestants (any variety), products containing l-tryptophan, and stimulant medications (EpiPen, Ritalin, etc.)

· Moclobomide – has no side effects for more most people, but is only useful for very mild anxiety attacks; doses are generally 10 to 150mg taken as directed by the prescribing doctor per day; there are currently no known drug interactions

· Bupropion – side effects include dry mouth, agitation, nausea, tremors, constipation and insomnia; doses generally start at 150mg, 3 times/day; there are not many drug interactions, but those to be avoided include prochlorperazine, chlorpromazine and other antipsychotic drugs (phenothiazine varieties)

· Prozac – one of the most commonly used, especially for males because it has limited side effects like drowsiness; doses start at 20mg/day; drugs that should not be taken during the use of or for 3 weeks after finishing the treatment include MAO inhibiting medications, lanoxin and coumadin

· Sertraline – side effects include apathy, drowsiness and sexual problems; doses are 25 to 200mg daily; drugs that should be avoided during and for at least 2 weeks after finishing treatment include SSRI’s, cimetidine, pimozide, warfarin and monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOI’s due to the risk of serious blood pressure problems, heart function problems and potential death

· Paxil – side effects include yawning, sleeping problems, drowsiness, sedation, nausea, increased weight, vomiting, apathy, dry mouth and sexual problems; doses are generally at the discretion of the doctor and based on varied health and other factors; drug interactions that should be avoided include MAO inhibiting drugs, astemizole, thioridazine, sibutramine, terfenadine, phentermine, antiarrhythmics, cimetidine, digoxin, clozapine, natural/herbal remedies, lithium, procyclidine, nefazodone, thrombolytic medications (TPA’s, anticoagulants), antidepressants (SSRI), trazodone, theophylline, antidepressants (tricyclics), migraine medications, tryptophan, aspirin (low doses), venlafaxine, diazepam, antihistamines, anti-seizure medications, sleeping pills, muscular relaxants, pain medication (narcotic), psychiatric drugs, sedatives, paroxetine, tranquilizers, dofetilide, quinidine, procainamide, procainamide, sotalol and sparfloxacin due to their potentially fatal effects

· Citalopram – side effects include increased or decreased energy, sedation, apathy and sexual problems; doses are generally 20 to 40mg per dose as per instructions from the prescribing doctor; drugs to avoided during the use of and for 3 weeks after using citalopram include MAO antidepressants, selegiline, fenfluramine, dexfenfluramine and tryptophan which due to their dangerous effects and potentials when combined.

· Escitalopram – side effects include increased or decreased energy, sedation, apathy and sexual problems; doses are 10 to 20mg daily; drugs to be avoided during use and for 3 weeks after include MAO antidepressants, selegiline, fenfluramine, dexfenfluramine, tryptophan, aspirin and anti-inflammatory/bleeding medications (anti-steroidal)

· Duloxetine – side effects include nausea, constipation, dry mouth, appetite loss, fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, blurry vision, increased sweating, itching and rashes; doses are prescribed at varied levels at the discretion of the prescribing doctor; drugs to be avoided during and for 3 weeks after using duloxetine, including MAO antidepressants, thioridazine, herbal remedies, ciprofloxacin, cimetidine, heart rhythm drugs, paroxetine, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, thrombolytic medications, aspirin, antihistamines, anti-anxiety medications, anti-seizure medications, sleeping pills, muscular relaxants, pain medications (all types), psychiatric drugs, tranquilizers, cough/cold products and anti-fever drugs due to potentially dangerous results

Medications used to control anxiety attacks vary greatly in type, dosage, side effects and drug interaction. However, it is important to not self-administer prescription drugs without the approval and guidance of a medical doctor, or to combine these with any other drugs.

Drugs For Anxiety – Should You Take This One?

I know that there are a lot of anxiety sufferers out there who really don’t know whether to struggle on alone or perhaps see their doctor and try some medication to see if it helps them. It’s not an easy choice but the better informed you are the easier that choice should become.

Anxiety disorders are unfortunately now very common in the Western world, affecting at least one in 10 Americans. Studies have shown that a new anti-depressant drug, Cymbalta (generic name Dulocetine HCI), is effective for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and therefore many anxiety sufferers have been wondering if taking this new drug Cymbalta for anxiety will be of any help to them.

Although Cymbalta has been approved by the FDA for use in treating depression, it can also offer relief from anxiety symptoms and improve day-to-day functioning in people suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. People with G.A.D. can’t control their constant worry or excessive anxiety about everyday things and, as you can imagine, this can be very crippling in everyday life. Suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder can make even the simplest things in life seem difficult.

Such anxiety can be accompanied by a variety of physical symptoms such as:

• Difficulty breathing

• Sweating

• Tightness around the head

• Difficulty swallowing

• Racing heart and palpitations

• Blurred vision

• Pins and needles

• Headache

• Nausea and vomiting

• Stomach and intestinal upset

Is any of this familiar to you? No wonder so many anxiety sufferers are looking at this new drug with hope and high expectations!

So… how does Cymbalta work?

Cymbalta is part of a class of drugs called Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors ( SNRIs for short). These types of drugs target two chemical messengers in the body, Serotonin and Norepinephrine. Cymbalta helps to block the reuptake of these two chemicals so that more remains in the space between the brain’s nerve cells.

Cymbalta is a capsule that you take by mouth once a day. Each capsule should be swallowed whole and should not be chewed or crushed, nor should the contents be sprinkled on food or mixed with liquids. It should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture or heat.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do NOT double the dose to catch up!

As with taking any medication, you may experience side effects. These can include nausea, dry mouth, constipation, loss of appetite, tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, increased sweating or blurred vision.

If you do decide to take Cymbalta for anxiety please remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. You may, of course, be one of the many people using this medication who do not experience any side effects. However, do tell your doctor straight away if you experience any serious side effects or if you notice worsening depression or unusual behaviour changes. Don’t just soldier on and hope that things will improve in time as it is important for your doctor to be kept up to date of how the medication is affecting you.

When taking Cymbalta for anxiety (or depression) you should not suddenly stop taking it, as this may cause withdrawal symptoms such as dizziness, pins and needles sensations, feeling sick, difficulty sleeping, intense dreams, headache, irritability, sweating, diarrhoea, tremor, agitation or anxiety.

You may also find that this medication causes dependence, especially if you have been using it for quite some time. In both of these examples it is vitally important that you see your doctor so that your dosage can be reduced gradually and in a controlled way.

The aim of your treatment is to treat your anxiety symptoms and to help improve your quality of life so, although taking Cymbalta for anxiety may be extremely helpful to you long term, do please remember that it may take 1 – 2 weeks to feel a benefit from this type of drug and maybe up to 4 weeks to feel the full benefit of it.

Taking Cymbalta for anxiety can eliminate the acute symptoms, but it can’t teach you how to think positively nor how to change old habits. Only you can do that. Therefore, you should always discuss your symptoms and possible treatments in full with your doctor and not just assume that medication is the only answer.

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