I suffer from severe anxiety and ocd. But I think I might be to picky with anxiety medication anti depressants. I'm not willing to take anything that has sexual side effects. That will make me fat. Or is dangerous to drink some alcohol with.
Guess you have to weigh the pros and cons. If your anxiety is severe enough, some life style changes maybe in order. Explain your concerns to the doctor and let the doctor decide the right medication. There are others that do not have the side effects you mention such as BuSpar.
So, your doc is accommodating you? There are so many different side-effects with all these meds we try. Having gone through some meds that cause unacceptable side-effects, I personally hold a redflag to being offered them again at lower doses because of things like: a possible coma(baclofen) lockjaw(cymbalta and whatever the related one rx for fibro), and most recently having blurry vision to the point of not being able to see well enough to drive(found out that one can cause unreversable blindness and or glacoma(norflex.) I wish we didn't have to deal with weight gain, no libido, and unable to drink but that certainly cuts down on so many therapeutic meds that I don't see many treatment options and we gotta do what we can to maintain a decent quality of life. I hope your finding what you need and have an understanding doctor and specialists since I'm pretty sure mine would send me away laughing.
All my best to you, I hope your finding what your after.:o)
Have you tried Buspar that LaurieShay mentioned? I was on it for a long time and it helped. Are you in long-term therapy? I had severe PTSD and in the long run what helped was 13 years in therapy with a Trauma Therapist. I now take no antidepressants or anxiety meds. I was on them for 25 years but now - no problem. I was admitted to psych hospitals 16 times and overdosed twice. I am so glad I didn't succeed in killing myself! Don't lose hope and keep on doing the work in therapy. EJ23
All I can say is that you might want to try a few to see what works best for you regarding that. But if you don't want the OCD / anxiety you will have to be on something to help. There must be one out there that is better than the other for that. Just be careful because some meds don't work well after trying them getting off and trying to go back again!
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