PLEASE can someone tell me what they have found to be the best antidepessant to control or lessen constant anxiety. The anxiety is worse than the depression. Thank you so much for any replies I may get. I am desperate and cannot function because of the anxiety.
Best anti depressant to control anxiety?
- 16 Nov 2013 by Beverleya
- 6 Dec 2013
- depression, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, antidepressant
Added 17 Nov 2013:
as you all know I am on Prozac which is an ssri. I see the Dr tomorrow and would like to try Effexor which is an ssnri. Can I automaticall switch to effexor or do I have to go off prozac for a while and then onto effexor. Thanks in advance for any replies I may get....Bev
Hi, Beverley! The SSRI and SNRI classes of antidepressants are generally considered the most effective. These would include Lexapro, Effexor, Cymbalta and Prozac among others.
Personally, I've found Effexor to be the most effective, but everyone reacts differently and what's good for me may not be best for you.
The other alternative would be an AD combined with an anxiolytic, but some anxiety meds can be addictive or habit-forming.
Have a sit-down talk with your doctor and come up with a plan. You sound way too frazzled ~NOT healthy!!
Good luck, sweetie. I'm hoping you feel better soon. WCV
I wish there was one antidepressant fits-all pill. You did not say what you have tried if any? Or what anxiety meds you are on and if you are seeing a doc?
Anxiety can disable you. You may want to talk to your doc about a benzo while you adjust to a antidepressant. There are a few antidepressants that are suppose to help with anxiety. The catch is that they may cause an increase in anxiety until they kick in (2-8 weeks). Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro are SSRI's that may help. If you can, do your research on the internet about any drugs you start taking.
I was in your space 6 months ago. Anxiety 24-7, I empathize with you. It can be life altering. I thought I was going to loose my mind. I was put on a combo of drugs. That eventually worked. It was trail and error. Everyone's chemistry is different, what works for one may not work for another.
Best to talk to your doc about your options.
There are great caring, informative people on this site that may have more suggestions.
Hang in there! There is hope you are never alone, you just have to reach out for it and you did by posting your question.
My thoughts are with you.
I agree with both answers yet I've a different idea. Ask your doc for one of the older (tried and true : ) antidepressants, the Tricyclics. There are so many of them, Pamelor or Tofranil come to mind right now.
The newer antiD's do have fewer side effects, supposedly, but I disagree, they've just as many side effects as the older tricyclics.
I also agree about adding a Benzodiazepine. There exists a fine line of sedation enough to feel like yourself and sedation to the point of feeling sleepy, so do ask your doc for a low dose to start. You may want to try Ativan if you've not already tried it, or Clonazepam. One of the benzos may truly help you, but you must let your body adjust to one of them, the sleepy or drowsy side effect will not be a problem once you adjust.
I wish you the best, I've been in your shoes and it's horrible, just know that there is hope and you are not alone!
Everyone has given you great advice! I take effexor, with abilify and it has cut my anxiety way down. Effexor is an excellent drug to do some research on,it is always best to go see doc with some info under your belt. If I were you, I'd look up several different drugs, side affects etc. And go from there, for when you go so you can make an informed decision, DC has an excellent drug reference page. information is power! Hope this helps sincerely ,
My shrink put me on Effexor SSris only affect the reuptake of serontonin At 150 mg Effexor also affects the reuptake of norepinephrine took me a long time to titrate up to 150 mg xr but helps with panic,social anxiety and generalized anxiety ablet to cut way down on Xanax Effexor and Cmbalta are SSNRis
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