Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Brintellix, Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, and Viibryd are newer medicines that both act as SSRIs and also affect other serotonin receptors.
Selective serotonin & norepinephrine inhibitors (SNRIs), such as Cymbalta, Effexor, Fetzima, Khedezla, and Pristiq.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as Emsam, Nardil, and Parnate.
Your health care provider can determine which drug is right for you. Remember that medications usually take four to eight weeks to become fully effective. And if one medication does not work, there are many others to try.
Some people seem to be born with the ability to overcome setbacks with relative ease. It’s a trait that experts call resilience.
People with resilience have a greater sense of control over their lives, says psychologist Robert Brooks, PhD. That makes them more willing to take risks.
“Also, because of their optimistic outlook, they are more likely to develop and maintain positive relationships with others,” as well as live more meaningful lives, Brooks says. He co-wrote The Power of Resilience:...
In some cases, a combination of antidepressants may be necessary. Sometimes an antidepressant combined with a second antidepressant from a different class, or a different type of medication altogether, such as a mood stabilizer (like lithium) or atypical antipsychotic (like Seroquel or Abilify) can boost the effect of an antidepressant alone.
Side effects vary, depending on what type of medication you are taking, and may improve once your body adjusts to the medication.
If you decide to stop taking your antidepressants, it is important that you gradually reduce the dose over a period of time recommended by your doctor. Quitting antidepressants abruptly can cause discontinuation symptoms such as headache or dizziness or increase the chance that symptoms will return. It is important to discuss tapering off (or changing) medications with your health care provider first.
What Medications Are Used to Treat Anxiety Disorders?
Other anti-anxiety drugs include the benzodiazepines, such as Valium, Ativan and Xanax. These drugs do carry a risk of addiction or tolerance (meaning that higher and higher doses become necessary to achieve the same effect), so they are not as desirable for long-term use. Other possible side effects include drowsiness, poor concentration, and irritability. Some anticonvulsant drugs (such as Lyrica or Neurontin) and some atypical antipsychotics (such as Abilify or Seroquel) are also occasionally used "off label" to treat anxiety symptoms or disorders.